Today, Scandinavian alternative folk artist Freyr returns with the single “Abandoned Places,” his first new music since 2021.
A classic call-and-response, cinematic piano and guitar entwine while his breathy vocals resound with a question, “Why do we come here to abandoned places? Nothing here but dry earth, but we keep coming.”
“Everyone can relate to the feeling of wanting to do something, but the voice in your head tells you, ‘This is not a good idea’,” Freyr admits. “It’s the angel on one shoulder and the demon on the other.”
Following the success of singles such as “Over My Head,” “I’m Sorry,” and “I’m Here,” Freyr unveiled his full-length debut, Nicotine Bunker, in 2021, generating millions of streams and earning critical praise. During 2022, he traded Sweden for Germany. Living out of various Airbnbs for nearly five weeks, he conjured up initial ideas for his forthcoming music on his laptop in a state of perpetual motion physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
“Freyr’s delivery has the intimacy of Sufjan Stevens and Sigur Ros, which in itself is enough to take your breath away… one of those voices that sets your soul at ease. The album’s title track is another mellow masterpiece.” – The Revue
“the beat of a trip-hop song, the instrumental of an experimental indie track, and the melody and vocals of a great pop-folk song. Altogether, Freyr presents a unique style yet it all sounds quite familiar.” – Where The Music Meets