Jennie Abrahamson

Jennie Abrahamson

 Stockholm, Stockholm, SWE
BandPop

It's pop music straight from the heart; with a beat. Jennie's said to be dual: both primeval forest & neon lights, a country summer house & an inner city sublet at the finest address, New York & Sävar. Her voice is a force, a secret weapon to disarm anyone who holds their hearts too tightly.

Biography

Jennie Abrahamson resides in Stockholm, Sweden, but is originally from further up north, a tiny place called Sa¨var just outside of the coastal town of Umea°. A place known for breeding bands and artists in the line of "northern melancholy", Jennie only kept a slight tint of that moodiness in her richly coloured and playful pop tunes. Critics have called her a "younger, more accessible Kate Bush" or "the perfect threesome marriage of Glasser, Lykke Li and Robyn", but Jennies quirky yet straight-forward music is very much her own.

After a career in different bands (Heed released two albums on Swedish EMI) and as a multi musician with other artists, she decided to go solo in 2006. Since then, she has released three well praised solo albums and widened the release territory for every record. The firstling “Lights” was released in 2007, and reflected growing up and leaving friends, family and the vast expanses of snow to go south. Her sophomore album was written during an autumn’s hide away in New York. A big city love story with asian influences, “While the sun’s sti! up and the sky is bright” (2009) and it’s stick-like-glue- single “Late night show” got massive airplay not only in Sweden, but also in France and Germany, making it one of the most played records on the German college radio jahrecharts. Her latest album “The Sound of Your Beating H eart” was widely critically acclaimed at it’s release in the Nordic countries, and singles “Hard to come by” and “Wolf Hour” stirred up at lot of press- and blog loving and stayed on the radio playlists for a long time.

The making of “The Sound of Your Beating H eart” was a quick story. The recording was scheduled since long, but extensive touring got in the way of writing new songs. By the end of summer 2010 she had only two months to go before entering the studio, but nothing written. She hibernated in her So¨dermalm apartment and brought out sketches and notes she’d collected. As the songs evolved she recorded them on a 4-track application on her cell phone, keeping it strict with melody, rhythms and piano. She wanted to find the strenght of the songs with as few parts as possible. If it if sounded ok on a crappy phone, it could probably just get better when recorded “for real”. Thematically the songs revolved around events in her friends lives, a lot of people around her experienced 2010 as a very rough year and she aimed to write their stories.

First song written for the album also came to be first single. “Hard to come by” is a playful pop tune loaded with rhythm and a melody so irritatingly catchy that once you’ve heard it, you wont forget it. Upon release, it was immediately added to the playlists for Swedish national radio P3 and pretty soon scored #1 as the most featured song on the Swedish Student Radio collected playlist.

Inspired and encouraged by her friends in Friska Viljor and Ane Brun, Jennie founded her own record label in 2007. Today she works with different distributors, licensees and promoters throughout the world. She runs her own music studio in Stockholm where she records and produces her albums, together with long time work partner and sound magician Johannes Berglund. Occasionally, when there’s time, you can still see Jennie “incognito” on stage as a musician with Ane Brun’s tour band, a job she’s kept “for the pure fun and musical love of it”.

WEBSITE:
http://www.jennieabrahamson.com
(Here you can retrieve press password and download biography and hi res photos).

VIDEO FOR "HARD TO COME BY":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfwkHL1qkT8

TO SEE JENNIE'S SHOWS, GO HERE:
http://jennieabrahamson.com/shows/
(No show schedule is posted in the EPK)

Lyrics

Late night show

Written By: Jennie Abrahamson

You're looking at noone
but you know that they are all looking back at you
you're not gonna fight it
it's a tried one to give in when your heart is blue

you are not to pity
‘cause you are playing the game
and there are no tomorrows
oh in the end it's all the same

and you go
what you do what you do to me
what you do what you do to me

then you are in the backseat
and they are driving you around
you have gone so far now
oh you can stay another round

and you go
what you do what you do to me
I'm back on this street again
what you do what you do to me
I'm losing myself again

the hour’s getting late love
where are you sleeping tonight
they are all around you
just like flies around the light

and you go
what you do what you do to me
I’m back on this street again
what you do what you do to me
I’m losing myself again

can’t blame no one it’s up to you
in the end it’s up to you

you cant’ blame the city you can’t blame your mom
you can’t blame the demons that you fear at dawn
you can’t blame your sisters you can’t blame your heart
you can’t blame noone and you have known it from the start

still you go
what you do what you do to me
I’m back at this place again
what you do what you do to me
I’m losing my sleep again, losing myself all again

Hard to come by

Written By: Jennie Abrahamson

Always try and dare to fail
I must make it my new way
I hear talk outside my head:
take the easy way instead
what you’re looking for is

hard to come by for you

Don’t they think I know the score
that I’ve heard it all before
now the gun is in my hand
can I make you understand
yes I know it’s

hard to come by for me, but

There is no other way - that I know of
can’t do it any other way - hey hey
walking on a narrow road - it’s never easy
but I don’t have anywhere else to go

Hard to come by for me

So I stop and think ahead
tryin’ to hear what you have said
trapped behind your safety fence
nothing new; you don’t make sense
yes we know it’s

hard to come by for us, but

There is no other way - that I know of
can’t do it any other way - hey hey
walking on a narrow road - it’s never easy
but I don’t have anywhere else to go

Hard to come by for us

Give it up

Written By: Jennie Abrahamson

Baby I think you’re stuck
it’s a one way tunnel
and you want out
it’s too tight in the funnel

you’ve been fighting
such a long fight
you’ve thrown yourself out
from such a great height

Give it up, give it up
it is time to go now
give it up, give it up,
it is time to go now
give it up, give it up
quit the layin’ low now
give it up, give it up
it is time to leave now

It is your hands
it’s what you’ve been given
and if you’re true
you will be forgiven

it’s up to you
to set the limit
wanna quit the game
you got to be in it

Give it up, give it up
it is time to go now
give it up, give it up
quit the layin’ low now
give it up, drip your gun
lay your weapons down now
give it up, give it up
it is time to leave now

It is time to leave now

You can make it happen
so make it happen
if you wanna do it
there’s nothing to it

Give it up

Running

Written By: Jennie Abrahamson

It’s so quiet and time is standing still,
you can hear your mind speak
adding parts and getting no sum
and all of a sudden you know it was never real
you realize it was never real

All the tiny decisions we make line up
and lead us someplace
you didn’t know at the time why you kept on
but you were drawn to the siren song
oh so drawn to the siren song

And you’ve been
running, running, running
slowly away from the sound of your beating heart

True there’s a crack in everything
and sure; you let the doubts in
it was never intentional, but boy
did it make you fantasize about sin
when you went and let the light in

Oh you’ve been
running, running, running
slowly away from the sound of your beating heart

All the tiny decisions we make
sum up into the road that you’ll take
oh can’t you see you’ve been running away
with every word, thought, every step of the way?

You’ve been
running, running, running
slowly away from the sound of your beating heart

Discography

Starting with the most recent:

Single: "Give it up" up for release Sept 14th 2011
Single: "Wolf Hour" released May 4th 2011, radio airplayed!
Album: "The Sound of Your Beating Heart" released April 13th 2011 (Nordic release).
Remix: "Hard to come by - The Amplifetes Remix" released March 2nd 2011.
Single: "Hard to come by" released Feb 2nd 2011, radio airplayed!
Single: "What is true" released sept 28th 2009, radio airplayed!
Album: "While the sun's still up and the sky is bright" released sept 16th 2009 (2010 in GAS, France, Taiwan).
Single: "Late night show"+"Late night show summerlove remix" released may 14th 2009, radio airplayed! (Video on youtube).
Single: "Why did I leave home", released nov 2007, radio airplayed (video on youtube).
Album: "Lights", released oct 3rd 2007.
Single: "In this life to live", released may 2007. Radio airplayed!

All songs and albums listed above are also streaming at Spotify & WIMP, for example.

Set List

We're playing sets btw 30-70 minutes, depending on what kind of show it is. Solo shows 30-60 minutes.
Right now we're mostly playing effective and quite short club gigs. The set list is usually as follows:

1. Wolf Hour
2. Hard to come by
3. Late night show
4. I lost my heart
5. In this life to live
6. Running
7. She don't lie
8. Look down our road
9. What is true
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Extra's:
10. Åträsk
11. Outside your window