sir Was

live + signing

Wednesday, 25th September 2019

Rough Trade East

Doors 6:00pm
On-stage 7:00pm
Signing after show

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sir Was will live be in-store at Rough Trade EAST performing tracks from his new album 'Holding on to a Dream', released 20th September on Memphis Industries.

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6.00pm | Doors open + Ticket collection / entry

7.00pm | Live on-stage

7.45pm | Signing

9.00pm | Store closes

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Gothenburg-based artist sir Was, aka, Joel Wästberg, is set to release his new album 'Holding On To A Dream' on Sept 20th via Memphis Industries, the follow up to his 2017 debut Digging a Tunnel.

"Holding on To a Dream”, is a mesmerising twisting of genres - from classic soul and old-school hip-hop, to beautifully fresh pop structures. The new record is dense with ideas and adventurous, a sonic-leap forth. “I was interested in having a lusher sound, more rich,” Wästberg says. “With the first record I had this idea that I wanted it to sound like an old vinyl record. I wanted this lo-fi, old-school sound. When I realized that I was actually making another album, I felt a bit scared of the whole thing, but it didn’t take me that long to realise that the only thing I could do was to make something that felt really right in my body and soul. I’ve realised that there’s nothing to be afraid of. I’m ready to explore so much more.”

The sense of exploration resonates throughout the album and can be defined by its start and end points. Opening track ‘Fly Away’ begins the expedition, a gleaming reflection of past insecurities as a jump-off point for the next chapter, all subtle beats and stark bursts of guitars that leap out of the mix. First single ‘Depoloyed’, featuring the vocals of Yukimi from Little Dragon is beautifully bright and sincere, ’Deployed’ is a perhaps the most vivid pop song that sir Was has released to-date. Elsewhere, ‘No Giving Up’ is a tender recollection of a past relationship, set to an equally affectionate composition, a glowing example of Wästberg’s growing songwriting skills, while ‘The Sun Will Shine’ showcases another side of Joel’s skillset, a playful production full of inspired ideas and nuances; a Les Fleurseque mellow breeze in the heat of the summer.