Single Review: Heidrunna – Erasing You

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Icelandic pop artist Heidrunna has released her new single Erasing You today. The atmospheric track is taken from her upcoming debut album, Melodramatic, which is set for release this Spring. 

Erasing You bowls in and grabs you by the collar right from the off. The synths are brash and contrast heavily with the delicate harpsichord-esque keys but a stirring harmony is created from these two opposing elements. Then the beat kicks in and we’re taken on a whirlwind synth-pop journey. Erasing You is an addictive slice of Icelandic pop heaven with melancholy undertones that bubble through and break the surface. This can be noted in Heidrunna’s lyrics when she sings “All that I can do is just erase everything about you… you can’t keep on buying my love and take it back if not satisfied so all that I can do is just to set you straight despite erasing you.” The feelings of forlornness in the lyrics are heightened by the almost jarring chords from the harpsichord. The instrumental breakdown is the high point of the track where the synths really come into their own and the 80s influences dominate. Peppered with cow bells and electronic flourishes, it’s a triumphant ending which leaves us wanting to hear more from our favourite new Icelandic pop artist. 

Speaking of Erasing You, Heidrunna said, “I wrote Erasing You while on a writing trip in Sweden. Like a lot of my songs it’s about commitment and phobia. The pull and tug of relationships – does he love me or not! The groundhog day and the emotions and tiredness of stopping and starting and deciding that maybe the only way to stop it is to erase everything about that person and never pick up the phone again.”   

Heidrunna cites post-punk 80s icons such as Blondie as inspirations as well as the synth-infused sounds of dance/pop heavyweights such as Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder and the romanticism of French musicians such as Serge Gainsburg, Daft Punk, Air and Phoenix. 

Erasing You is available to stream now. Find out more about Heidrunna here and have a listen to Erasing You below.  

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