Friday, 10 January 2014

Alphabeat's Stine Bramsen unveils debut solo single

Stine Bramsen—known to most as “the girl” from Alphabeat—is ready to do her own thing. After 10 years co-fronting and writing for one of Denmark’s relentlessly upbeat and almost gratingly joyous pop bands, the time’s come for Stine to branch out on a solo project.

Here, she shares her debut solo single, “Prototypical.” It’s a piano and drums-driven ode to maturing, and letting go of early-twenties cynicism. Or, as she puts it: “It’s really a very biographical song. I never thought that I would find someone who I would want to spend the rest of my life with. I honestly believed that that kind of love only existed in fairytales and not in the real world. And I had no idea that I wanted it. But it turns out I’m just as prototypical as everyone else.”

The single combines percussive minimalism with carefully layered vocal harmonies. A female choir edges into the mix, in a way that veers the song away from dangerously cheesy territory and more towards the unbridled joy Karen O and co employed with their choral arrangement on Mosquito’s “Sacrilege” last year.

I’ve been told, in an email exchange with Alphabeat drummer Troels Møller, to chill out on any break-up rumours: Alphabeat aren’t throwing in the towel by any means, but are taking some time to flex their creative muscles on projects outside the six-piece band that first found international acclaim with singles like “Fascination” and “Love See,” in the late noughties. This is Stine’s chance, and it sounds like she’s going to run with it.

She’s been working on a forthcoming album, with Danish producer Nicholaj Rasted, writing songs over the past year. There aren’t further details confirmed on a full-length’s release date from her yet, but keep up with her updates on Facebook and Twitter to hear about it in the coming months. In the meantime, “Prototypical” drops on Monday January 20th.

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