Olivia Merilahti (formerly of Victoire-winning group The Dø) today announces details for the release of her debut album under the solo alias of Prudence. Beginnings due out on May, 28 2021 via RCA France is announced today alongside the first single to be lifted from the album, ‘Good Friends’. The new track and music video are now available to stream from here.
After nearly a decade of success as half of The Dø – who Billie Eilish recently cited as a key influence on her Apple podcast ‘Me & My Dad Radio’ – French-Finnish Merilahti this year makes her full length debut as Prudence. The release of Beginnings in May will follow the success of Prudence’s critically acclaimed EP Be Water, which arrived in late 2020 alongside this performance for La Blogothèque.
Featuring co-production credits from Xavier and Surkin of French touch royalty Justice, Beginnings takes cues variously from female synth pioneers – particularly Suzanne Ciani – the scores of Hans Zimmer and Kraftwerk’s legacy to create a multi-dimensional pop album. ‘Good Friends’ itself – an unabashed, club-ready celebration of affection – arrives alongside a sci-fi influenced new video shot by Leo Chatoudeau and featuring dancer Daniel Ralph. Speaking about the new track & video, Olivia says “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind by Spielberg was a reference Leo & I had when we started exchanging ideas for the video. ‘Good Friends’ is an allegory about how we make friends with the unknown, without fear.”