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Song of the Day: ‘Saturdays’ by Simen Mitlid

Photo: Courtesy of the artist


Name: Simen Mitlid
Representing: Oslo, Norway
Genre: Folk
For fans of: Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes and Patrick Watson
Single from: N/A
Produced by: Simen Mitlid
Song of the Day: January 28, 2019
Label(s): Koke Plate

Simen Mitlid
Photo: Courtesy of the artist

To be hopeful is to lead a life by faith. It’s not everyone’s style, but when you grow up in the conditions that some of us have to survive, you tend to live your life, as we do. From the opening of the record, the Norwegian Folk singer-songwriter talks about change, and not changing at all.

‘Saturdays’ features simplicity in rhythm and showcases subtle pockets in its composition that remind me of the profound moments when people feel alone in this world. If you are anything like me, you might feel lonesomeness when you are out of your element. People like me are rare; often misunderstood or mishandled by others who can’t understand us. We don’t exclusively belong to a lowbrow or highbrow crowd nor are we normal because of our experiences, but what we are is the median. As its definition suggests, we are at the midpoint of a frequency distribution of observed values or quantities, such that there is an equal probability of falling above or below it. Not many people aspire to be us. They’d rather step on our necks and throats of the conduit, not knowing that we’ll also be there to see them on their way back. Based on our experiences, there’s a small select group of people achieve diligence and maintenance. They’re the ones who are usually successful for the long haul.

One might say success is lonely. I guess it depends on one’s perspective and the idea of community.

It’s his first single from his forthcoming self-produced second album. Give it a go. He deserves it.


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