Imagine someone humming and playing a guitar outside your bedroom window in the rain – a soothing, lush sound emanating from the outdoors.
Simen Mitlid’s new song, “Murders,” has a sort of tranquility that soothes in a sonic way, almost like an ASMR video. Mitlid is open and approachable – sprinkling in a bit of rhythmic production – where Sufjan Stevens is sorrowful and distant. “Murders” sounds like nostalgia would if the sensation could make a sound and Mitlid meant it to feel that way. While it’s a tragically romantic song, there’s a silver lining that makes the listener believe that good can come out of the act of reflection, that it doesn’t have to be painful but instead soothing and healing. I personally cannot wait to listen to this song on the rainy day I experience.
Norway-based singer-songwriter Simen Mitlid made a name for himself with his debut album, Everything Is The Same, which was released in 2017. His new album, released last year, Neutral, also received praise and comparisons to Fleet Foxes and Patrick Wilson. He derives inspiration for his music from the lush nature in his hometown, Os and Oslo, where he also records and produces his records. “Murders” is the third single from his forthcoming album, Birds, which is set to be released this fall.
Written by Tatum Jenkins