The concept of ‘strangers and lovers’ is not a new one to us human beings, but when it’s captured in a way that that blends all the emotions you can experience, it’s hard not to pay attention.
Norwegian pop musician Dagny has captured this on her debut album, aptly titled “Strangers/Lovers”.
Focusing on the journey of a relationship from start to finish, the body of work takes you on the rollercoaster journey of emotions. From the joyous early days, to settling into the relationship, to and then through the throws of the relationship collapsing; it’s a great storyline and one that’s done in a way that makes you feel the love and the pain in a pop music way.
The album is split into two halves; the first half being all about the start. Featuring amazing lead single ‘Somebody’, which is a pulsing and euphoric banger of a single, harking back to those summer days where you find young love.
Moving through the songs, you get to the midway point with ‘Tension’. Referencing the plot lines of movies, it really is a greater moment of pause and reflection of things get complicated. It’s such a beautiful track.
Shifting into the second half, lead single ‘It’s Only A Heartbreak’ takes the moments after a breakup in its stride. The video features some excellent choreography with two back up dancers acting out her emotions. It’s a funky track and one of her most interestingly written songs yet.
The highlight for me comes from ‘Bye Bye Baby’. Being a song that she is proud of since it’s where her songwriting tendencies lean naturally, you instantly get the connection. On first listen it hooks you in, something Dagny is naturally able to do through all her songs.
Whether you’ve paid attention to her music before or if you’re just discovering it for the first time, now’s the time to get on board.
With glistening pop tunes that pull at your heartstrings, Dagny’s debut ‘Strangers/Lovers’ is a collection of songs I’ve loved listening to and I know you won’t be disappointed either.
VERDICT : 5/5.
MUST LISTEN : Somebody, Bye Bye Baby, Tension.