My Boi", which attracted attention from both Danish and international music blogs including Noisey, The Line Of Best Fit, Ja Ja Ja and more, Copenhagen-based artist Sarah Mariegaard, aka Soleima (pronounced so-lye-mah and a former member of Danish hip hop group Flødeklinikken) has today unveiled her second single called "Once Was", a track that combines luxurious synth arrangements with Soleima's distinctive, glittering vocal tone. It's a song which builds slowly, patiently leading towards a crushing crescendo of deep, sparkling electronics and instrumentals, not forgetting a chorus that is hard to shake off.
"Once Was" also serves as the first single to be lifted from her yet untitled debut EP, which she has been working on alongside Danish producers Vera and Vasco, known for their work with LISS, and their own releases through Belgian electronic record label Pelican Fly.
Speaking on the track, Soleima says:
"'Once Was' is a song about inconsistent relationships. The feeling of not knowing whether you can count on people. Sometimes the internet inspires me when I write songs. It's somehow become natural to interact in a rapid, and flighty way. I do it myself all the time. 'Once Was', on some level is about how this can feel. In a way you're always able to be in more than once place at the same time. But equally, you are never really only with one person at one time. To me, this is a song written to a friend and not a lover, even though many might think it is a love song. I guess it represents a very universal feeling that might occur in many different relationships though - and can be relevant to anyone really."
Listen to "Once Was" below.
Premiere via Clash.