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Siv Jakobsen releases new single ‘Tangerine’

Siv Jakobsen has released her new single ‘Tangerine’, the latest taste of the acclaimed Norwegian singer-songwriter’s upcoming third album Gardening – out on January 20 via The Nordic Mellow.

Sharp yet surreal new single ‘Tangerine’ is told from the perspective of someone who feels helpless, disposable and worthless. “I imagine this person trapped in a house, needing help and not being able to ask, then locking eyes with a neighbour and silently asking for help they’ll never get,” Jakobsen says.

Lyrically inspired by the work of Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Siv Jakobsen’s stronghold of lyrical imagery is undoubtable. [“I’m a tangerine, peel me / Throw me in the sink, Leave me there to stink / I’m a tangerine, squeeze me, Let me drip down your lip”] Siv sings over a serene arrangement of hushed acoustic guitars, soft electronics and synths courtesy of Marcus Hamblett (Laura Marling, James Holden) and bass clarinet from Emma Gatrill (This Is The Kit, Lucy Rose).

Speaking more on the lyrical inspiration behind ‘Tangerine’, Jakobsen said: “I imagined someone who was held against their own will inside a run of the mill suburban house, looking out from the front room and willing for someone to come let them out. This someone is mentally stuck, a deer in headlights, scared and frozen. Not wanting to stay but unable to leave – worthless in another’s world, like a carefully peeled, squashed and tossed tangerine.”

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