Norwegian singer-songwriter Siv Jakobsen started the campaign for her forthcoming LP in January and it almost seems as if that was another era. Her North American tour got cancelled less than 48 hours after touching down in NYC, she then returned directly into quarantine. The LP A Temporary Soothing was experiencing manufacturing delays, record stores were shutting, and she had another big European tour coming up to promote the record that was also pushed into the future.
Siv was left cooped up in her Oslo home with her boyfriend and her old dog – suddenly with nothing to do in what was meant to be one of the busiest periods of her life. However, as she started to connect with people via live stream shows she realised that her new music had a context she could never have predicted. She wrote and recorded an album meant to offer A Temporary Soothing – to tackle anxiety, stress and feelings of isolation. Songs took on new meaning and the record suddenly had an unexpected place in the turbulent times we find ourselves in.
The final single before the LP “A Feeling Felt or a Feeling Made” represents one of the album’s key themes; the struggle Siv faced between being healthy and productive. Following her debut LP The Nordic Mellow, Siv started to fear that she wouldn’t be able to create if she was happy. This resulted in Siv questioning whether she purposely created friction, loneliness in order to create. It’s a feeling best summed up in the single’s most striking line, “A hollow in my insides, I’m keeping it clear / For the flicker, the flame, the friction that I need”.
Siv states: “I wrote a feeling felt or a feeling made in the first months after getting off of my last album – campaign. I was feeling increasingly insecure about my work and also an increasing dread about my own possible destructiveness in relation to my creative process. I kept asking myself if I am the creator or enabler of the friction that allows and helps me to write songs because I feel such a strong need to write, perform and release music.”
Her LP features collaborations with a handful of great musicians such as producer Chris Bond (Ben Howard, Nick Mulvey) and mixing engineer Zach Hanson (Bon Iver, Tallest Man on Earth, Waxahatchee). It is scheduled for August 21st and her UK/EU release tour will now take place in Feb/March, with new dates in Birmingham and Leeds added to the UK run…
22 Feb – Berlin, Privatclub
24 Feb – Hamburg, Mojo Jazz Cafe
26 Feb – Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg
27 Feb – Antwerp, Rock Lobster
01 Mar – Glasgow, Hug & Pint
02 Mar – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
03 Mar – Birmingham, Dead Wax
04 Mar – London, Courtyard Theatre
06 Mar – Salford, Eagle Inn