Today, 10th March, singer and songwriter Robyn Sherwell shares ‘To Give Up’, the first single taken from her upcoming new album ‘Unfold’, due for release on June 18th – Stream ‘To Give Up’ here – Pre-order ‘Unfold’ here.
Written by Robyn herself, and co-produced with long term friend and collaborator Jonas Jalhay – whose credits include artists such as DJ Khaled, Rag’n’Bone Man and James Blake – the new cut serves a pulsating slice of electronic alt-pop. Lyrically empowering, Robyn reflects on the challenge of leaving a dysfunctional situation. With almost relentless propulsion, cycling percussive rhythms tick away through the song like a time-bomb waiting to blow, and when it does, the chorus explodes like a howl for freedom and release.
Talking about the song, Robyn says it is a thumping battle song for anyone trying to walk away from a situation or relationship that isn’t working for them. I wrote this song during a time I felt trapped. Promises were broken, truths distorted, hopes undermined, time wasted. It felt like giving up was the only way out, and whilst I wanted freedom, to give up after investing so much also felt like a betrayal to myself. The song is like a plea for the strength to do it.
Robyn Sherwell is a name that has been on the lips of tastemakers since her debut single ‘Love Somebody’ became a firm favourite of Lauren Laverne‘s on BBC Radio 6 and signalled the arrival of a new heart-on-sleeve female singer-songwriter. Follow up single’Islander’, a dedication to her childhood home of Guernsey, quickly secured support from Huw Stephens and BBC Introducing, catapulting Sherwell onto the latter’s stage at Glastonbury in June 2015. That same summer, her cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘Landslide’was chosen as the soundtrack to the trailer for the film ‘Suffragette’. This led to Lauren Laverne making the track her 6Music Recommends Track Of The Week, and Jo Whiley playing it twice in one show on her BBC Radio 2 show. In 2021, the emotive power of her rendition is still turning heads: having caught the attention of Airbnb, the song was placed within the film for their latest major global advertising campaign. While her original songs ‘Low‘ and ‘Love Somebody’ have been featured on the soundtrack of popular TV shows including Good Trouble and Oprah Winfrey‘s Queen Sugar.
2016 saw the release of her full-length debut album, produced by Bat For Lashes collaborator David Kosten, drawing rapturous reviews; The Guardian hailed Robyn ‘a significant new voice’. She became a PRS Momentum funded artist and her first UK headline tour culminated in a sold-out London show.Robyn’s music has amassed over 20 million cumulative streams, establishing her as a fresh standout voice in the realm of heartfelt confessional electro-pop.
After a challenging few years, during which Robyn stepped away from the limelight to focus on co-writing, and among other things becoming a mother, Robyn came back last December with her EP ‘Where Do We Go From Here’, which signals the confident return of an artist who’s experienced a lot, and is never afraid to express her emotions in beautifully bruised but enveloping melodic electro soul.
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