Often we find ourselves confronted with an artist about whom next to nothing is known. This is often by design, an attempt to add mystery and intrigue by the artist / PR / label etc. In these instances we tend to ramble in our opening paragraph about how frustrating it is, moan a little (half seriously) about having nothing to work with, before eventually moving on to the song itself. Rarely, very rarely, do we feel that actually artists just sending out a song themselves and leaving it at that are absolutely the right thing to do. This is one of those rare times.
With a piano ballad as beautiful and emotional as “This Is Love”, Lilla Vargen was bang on the money to just send it and be done. Right now we don’t care who she is, where she is from or if she has been in any other bands before, it is all about this amazing voice, this gorgeously evocative melody and the simple magnificence of the song.
We are big fans of the multi-layered production found in electro-pop, of dreamy synth sounds and of hard grinding rock. We love a beat we can tap our foot to, nod our head to or lose our shit to. But most of all, we are big fans of beauty in music, of melodies and lyrics that touch you, that evoke an emotional response in you and that stay with you.
Lilla Vargen has delivered that in spades with an exquisite debut. Who needs to know anything else?