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Listen: Jennie Abrahamson - "Snowstorm" [Premiere]

19 December 2014, 20:56 | Written by Laurence Day

We were recently pretty enamoured with a track called "The War" by Swedish indie-pop chanteuse Jennie Abrahamson, so imagine our grins when we got wind of another new track.

That track is "The War"'s B-side, festively labelled "Snowstorm", and we're pleased to be premiering it for you as we head into the home-stretch of the yuletide period.

Sodden with the plinky-plonk pitter-patter of pitched percussion, "Snowstorm"'s onomatopoeically-describable tones evoke a strong sense of this wintry season. Littered with the icy ostinatos, the track exists as a sparse counterpoint to "The War"'s grandiose textures, but retains the sinewy, emotive vocal strands from Abrahamson that are so easy to fall head over heels for.

Speaking about the track, Abrahamson said:

""Snowstorm" was written after a weird, dramatic, dream I had one night. I dreamt that this world had come to an end and that we were all going down – not through heat or bombs – but through a storm that would cover the whole world under a silencing blanket of snow. A new ice age, perhaps. We all knew we had it coming, after mistreating the planet we’d been given for years and years, and still – the feeling that arises when you know ‘this is it - this is when it happens’, is… hard to define. I wanted to capture the feeling I had when I awoke that morning, and “Snowstorm” more or less wrote itself in less than an hour.

What ended up on the album is the same arrangement as on my first demo of it. Voice, a kalimba (thumb piano), a wooden block for the 2 & 4 and some different china cymbals – that’s it. I wanted to keep it simple and keep the arrangement centered around my voice."

Listen below.

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