Hildur Höglind

FRESH: ‘Take Off’ – Hildur Höglind

Sweden’s Hildur Höglind releases “Take Off”.

by Christopher Smith

Swedish singer Hildur Höglind has released her brand new EP “Take Off” from which the title track is the lead single. Hildur’s sound can be described as a mix of indie/alt pop and singer songwriter style. She has been nominated at the seventeenth Independent Music Awards with the EP track “Steal Her Away”.

In 2018 Hildur received a Blekinge Kultur grant, in 2017 the STIM (Swedens Composers International Bureau of Music) grant for her music, in 2016 the royal music academy’s scholarship and in 2012 Lions Youth Music Grant. Hildur has performed all over Sweden in different contexts; at festivals such as Live Green, Karlskrona Skärgårdsfest, Kalmar Stadsfest, live at Heart and Malmöfestivalen, as an opening act for Dan Reed, Lisa Miskowsky, Harpo and Mariette among others, in multiple competitions and other events.

Hildur says that “Take Off” is about wanting to escape your body for one reason or another. Sometimes, I feel like my body is in the way of getting close to someone, or being seen as a person. “Take Off” is about leaving your body and soaring away as just a consciousness. It’s the title track of a (if I may say so) hella cool EP”! It is Hildur’s third EP since her debut “Early” in 2015 and “Poems” in 2018.

For more about Hildur, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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