Shares New Single/Video, “I Need A Minute”
New Album: Let The Morning Come – October 15, 2021
Out via Memphis Industries
Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist, sir Was – a moniker for Joel Wästberg – has now shared his new single, “I Need A Minute” which comes as another piece taken from his forthcoming album, Let The Morning Come, out via Memphis Industries on October 15, 2021. The track, which premiered this morning via Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show, follows on from previous singles supported by KCRW, Stereogum, SPIN, Clash, Hypebeast, NPR, CRACK and more. sir Was is set to perform live at Chats Palace, London on October 21, 2021 – tickets are available here.
“I Need A Minute” further demonstrates Joel’s knack for subtle electronica with his soaring falsetto shifting in between rich grooves and squelchy bass. Arriving entirely self-produced, Let The Morning Come brings about sir Was’s most condensed writing to date looking to mirror the immediacy he found in the music of his youth whilst also maintaining an acute awareness of time and the importance of enjoying every moment, a testament to some of the album’s themes. Speaking about the new single, Wästberg says: “I Need A Minute is about the strong wish to stick around for a bit longer. A cry for more time. At the same time, it’s a wish for a pause. I Need A Minute! You hear me?!”
The immersive and standout piano notes initiate the composition and offer this intimate essence before the swirling notes and abundance of electronic textures take centre stage. This sultry, sweeping formation of bright cutting textures emerges and the compelling layers start to form and shape this expressive ensemble which effortlessly hooks the audience, when sir Was joins the exploration with the tender vocal tones, the energy intensifies.
sir Was starts to manipulate the aura and the dreamy vocal notes relay the same lyric which adds to the addictive nature of this creation. The vibe that has been sculpted and produced throughout is complex yet utterly alluring. This artist continues to dazzle, creating the most hypnotizing tracks filled with meaning and complexity. Another arrangement displays the vast range of the musician. The track showcases the impressive immersive nature of the appealing atmosphere which is built, sculpted, and crafted throughout. These dazzling and decadent textures cascade across the rich ambiance and the dynamic vocal range on offer manipulates that landscape and pushes a refreshing depth to the release. sir Was continues to produce such influential arrangements, filled with buoyancy and expressive tones.
2020 was supposed to be Wästberg’s big year. Still riding high from the release of his second album as sir Was –2019’s Holding On To A Dream – the Swedish multi-instrumentalist was booked to open for Little Dragon across Europe and the US. When the tour was cancelled due to COVID, he decided to channel all his energies into writing new music instead, but in August of 2020, he received some life-changing news. Tests revealed he carried the gene for a rare, hereditary condition causing multiple strokes.
“At first I got very sad and scared,” says Joel of the devastating diagnosis. “But at the same time, it was like all the other worries I carried suddenly didn’t matter. I just got this very intense feeling of being alive.”
This dichotomy lies at the heart of his beautifully bittersweet third LP. Meditating on love, growth, self-acceptance, forgiveness, mortality and the passing of time, Let The Morning Come, which arrives self-produced by Joel, contains his most candid writing to date. And yet, for all the heartache that comes with being cruelly confronted with one’s own mortality, the prevailing impression Wästberg leaves listeners with is one of hope, resulting in a collection that is life-affirming in the very truest sense
sir Was, praised initially by Stones Throw Records founder, Peanut Butter Wolf, has received support around the world with multiple playlists on BBC 6 Music, plays on BBC Radio 1, KCRW, Radio Nova, Radio Eins and more. Alongside this, he has performed and collaborated with Little Dragon, Efterklang’s Clasper Clausen, Falle Nioke (on the recent collaborative Marasi EP) and Junip as well as performing at Eurosonic, Mad Cool and Benicassim Festivals.
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Let The Morning Come
October 15, 2021
via Memphis Industries
1. Hope We’ll Make It Through
2. I Need A Minute
3. Spend A Lifetime
4. Before The Morning Comes
5. One Day
6. I Don’t Think We Should Wait
7. Waiting For The Weekend
8. You Float
9. I Wanna Feel Like That
10. Time To Let it Out