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Lune dazzles with the seductive Scandi-pop warmth of "Don't Speak"

02 May 2019, 09:00 | Written by Pip Williams

It's been a minute since we heard anything from Swedish ballet dancer turned popstar-in-the-making Lune, but new single "Don't Speak" proves it's been more than worth the wait.

Linnéa Martinsson, aka Lune – who had multi-million stream succes with Björk-esque Swedish House Mafia collaboration "Leave The World Behind" – has not released an album since her 2014 record Music & Sports. Opening with the resonant notes of a synthesised marimba, "Don't Speak" is her mellow yet utterly compelling re-introduction.

"Don't Speak"'s seductive verses and simple chorus refrain float above its percussive arrangement – it's a sound more urgent and direct than Martinsson's previous efforts, inclding 2017's hazy, Anna of the North-esque "Healing Song". It's a change of pace that suits Martinsson well; her sprightly vocal a tidy match for a track with the contained energy of a tightly coiled spring.

"'Don’t Speak' moves like a warm wave through my body, making me dance from the inside out," Martinsson comments of the track. "When I sing, you can see synesthetic soft orange lasers beaming from my mouth."

Whether or not you're able to visualise those lasers, Martinsson's words are a perfect analogy for "Don't Speak"'s warm, organic verve. The new single proves that less can indeed be more, as long as it's in the right hands.

Martisson has more to say about her return to releasing music, opening up about her desire to connect with her fans:

"I love the idea of creating a direct link to the audience," she enthuses, "an inviting and instant communication where people can come with me and experience what I’m experiencing in real-time. Nothing between me and the listener."

"Don't Speak" is out 3 May via Play Human.
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