Way up in Sweden's north, the city of Umeå has a proud guitar rock tradition, and Therese Lithner as already played a part in it having spent time in the bands Vaken and My Sound Of Silence. Now however, she's started on something new.
Lithner has taken the first steps of a solo career with the release of her debut single "Drown", a song born of late, reverb-heavy studio evenings. "Drown" is a dark, heavy song, with a driving, powerful sense of momentum interspersed with injections of needling, tense guitar.
That heaviness gives the song a sort of emotional gravitational pull, where you can't help but be dragged deep into its zone. Lithner's vocals flow, sharp and elegant, with the song's rhythm and tempo, and give it the obsessive, lovetorn anguish that makes it a dramatic and compelling piece of great art rock.
Lithner says: "It began as an electronic song with strings (I would still like to release the electronic version later, but haven’t got the sound on it right yet). The song came when I was working with a drum machine and a keyboard. I think you write in a different way then, to writing on guitar (which the other songs are written on, excluding 'Eviga' which was written on piano".
"It was interesting to record it with ‘real’ instruments. It was a little like doing a cover of the first version. The sound we wanted from the beginning was to remake the electronic version, but with real instruments. But keeping certain parts, like the driving synthbass. I have had both Warpaint and Robyn, and even a little bit of Lorde, as influences when working on the soundscape of this song".
"Drown" is the first shot from Lithner's upcoming debut EP, due out later this spring.