Norwegian newcomer HALIE follows up recent single Circling with another nod towards her obvious pop potential in stunning new offering, New Fears. Marrying the pop sensibility of Charli XCX and defiance of early Lorde, HALIE cements herself as one to watch in 2020 with this dreamy single. Speaking on the release, HALIE states:
New fears is about embracing your fears and just do it. Even if it doesn’t fit into society’s way of doing stuff. It is supposed so show people how I cope with my fears, acknowledge them, but then again just do it if it brings me closer to my goals!
As tender as she is tough, eighteen year-old HALIE, AKA Hannah Emilie Grung, sings with the raw edges of Amy Winehouse and all the soulful softness of the American rising star Yebba. In 2018, four singles – including the anthemic Youth and the defiant Not Yours – racked up hundreds of thousands of Spotify plays before she’d even left school. Then, as quickly as she captured the attention of the music industry, she fell silent again and lay low, finishing school and writing a clutch of new songs. Written across Finland, Norway and created in her Bergen studio, Halie has been working with some of Scandinavia’s highest regarded talents on her upcoming EP, namely Emanuel Abrahamsson, who boasts Zara Larsson’s Lush Life within his catalogue. With New Rules, HALIE is stoking anticipation for what comes next. Keep a close eye.