Fríða Hansen has always thought big, been ambitious and intended to take life all the way. In the summer of 2020, everything was set to full speed, but then unexpected news arrived, there was a stowaway on board.
“What I found most difficult was the uncertainty about the future. I thought it would slow me down and stop me somewhat. I didn’t see then how much of a gift this was and how much I would grow and become stronger by having a child. We were one of the lucky ones who had a “covid baby” and I was afraid that we weren’t quite ready for this big and furious journey, says Fríða about this time, who was afraid of the changes that would follow. and dissatisfied with morning sickness and other side effects of pregnancy.
Fríða says that it took a long time to accept the pregnancy, but that she experienced all kinds of emotions – like a little loss of control over her body and the ability to continue in the way she used to. At the same time, she was grateful for the child that was growing inside her, and therefore felt unable to talk about her difficult feelings.
Many parents relate to these feelings and it is normal to experience all kinds of things – to have good and bad days – as pregnancy, birth and the first years of a child’s life can be a roller coaster ride!
This incredibly strange and challenging time gave Frida not only a healthy baby, but also 6 songs about this period. She is now releasing the album called “Vaxtarverkir“.
“Vaxtarverkir” is the first LP of singer Fríða Hansen, who is the main song and lyricist of the album. On the album, she deals with the mixed emotions of happiness and facing parenthood for the first time.
The stories in the songs follow a young mother’s first steps. Through music, she experiences the sadness of what used to be together with the unconditional love of what will be. In the songs, the primal power of birth slumbers mixed with tender moments of the first years with a new person. Growing up is not painless, but new feet can follow old footsteps.”
Now over two years later, Fríða looks back with joy in her heart as she says life has become even better after their son came into the world. Fríða began to prioritize her time better and tries to use the time she has to accomplish what she wants. During the pregnancy, she grew faith in her music and began releasing original material, and then the family settled down when their son was only 6 months old, spending several months teaching riding and other horse-related work in Europe. As a result, Fríða has released even more music, held concerts and worked with various great artists – and continued to tame and train both horses and riders – and it can therefore be said that having children has pushed her to pursue her dreams, which is clearly seen in her new album, which you can listen to here.
With her on the album they worked Vignir Snær Vigfússon, who took care of recording and sound mixing, playing guitar and bass as well as playing synths, Benedikt Brynleifsson who played drums and Stefán Þorleifsson who played piano and keyboard. Sigurdór Guðmundsson balanced the album and Sam Berdah took care of vinyl cutting. The vinyl record was then produced by RPM Records in Denmark. It will be available at select retailers next week.
You can follow Fríða on her social media here.