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Ardent Spring

by GRETA

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Lasse Hoile
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Lasse Hoile I was starting to loose hope of anything good coming out of tiny DK until I accidentally fell over this spectacular artist and astonishing album! Simply album of the years 2020&2021! Lushly produced album with incredible catchy synth landscapes with 80’s (ish) influences to make even the most cranky of people upbeat! Incredible voice transporting you away to that happy place that has been much needed! If you don’t buy this album something is wrong with you (certified) GRETA is going places!
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1.
Spin 04:05
Tell me 
You won’t give in on that day 
 When will you try again?
 My oh my
 Don’t let it shake it you up 
Everytime
 If I could calm the fire
 That rages inside 
I would surely try
 If I could stop myself 
I wouldn’t run away 
From everything that you hide Deep sigh
 A part of you needs life 
But you can’t breathe in 
 You’ve gone too far and so 
 The wheel keeps on spinning Once again we are lost
 In the park of possibilities
 When did we grow to old
 To leave our kisses on the ferriswheel
 If I could calm the fire
 That rages inside
 I would surely try
 If I could stop i wouldn’t run away from you You and I are howling at the moon 
You and I are swimming in the sea 
I always thought the truth is coming soon 
 Tell me who do you want to be? Deep sigh 
A part of you needs life 
But you can’t breathe in 
You’ve gone too far and so 
 The wheel keeps on spinning
2.
Unknown under the same moon
 As we went through the park at night 
 Day and Night have switched their sides 
 From locked to open ends We were young that night
 We went through the garden
 Through the hole in the fence
 And kisses like ardent spring 
Your tongue is thicker than mine 
I know that now
 You knew so many words 
Each sound each line 
Of my favorite books and my favorite songs 
Tell me, how do you know them? 
Tell me, how do you know me so well ? Unknown under the same moon 
As we went through the park at night 
Day and Night have switched their sides 
From locked to open ends I’ve worn your words since then 
I’ve put them on my body
 They’re tight, they keep me warm 
I’ll read them again and again 
They make me warmer than I’ve ever been 
I don’t want them to come of 
I don’t want them to come of 
Everyday I go back to that hole 
I go into it and out of it and into it and out of it 
Into it and out of it
 Can’t find my way out of it again
 I’ve lost my selfcontrol in it I was good on my own 
 With you I’m better 
 Say I’m better Unknown under the same moon
 As we went through the park at night 
 Day and Night have switched their sides 
 From locked to open ends
3.
Bad Lovers 03:07
Now we’re walking on the moon
 You and I 
You told me, it’s the last goodbye
 
 Then you turned around and held my hand 
Then we were one again Looking through black glass 
 All layers of the flood
 Too tight
 How did we end here? 
 Deviously appear 
At night

 Nobody warned us 
Need Someone to trust Endlessly
 Are we all bad lovers? 
 Feels like gravity
 Don’t leave
4.
White 03:39
White floors vanish into another world Let my feet walk across the silky destert White fingers guide me through the somber light There is something hidden on the moon I can feel it in it’s light What if I Figured out, to let go Of the fight? Lead me through this wasteland Where the sand turns blue at night Ever since you left me I was waiting for the sunset to begin Ever since it all became a blur of your touches on my skin White walls vanish into another dream Sometimes I wonder if it was wrong to carry out that scheme White fingers guide me, but will I make it through the night? I have lost the mening on the moon, it is leaking through it... What if I Figured out, to let to Of the fight? Lead me through this wasteland Where the sand turns black at night Ever since you left me I was waiting for the sunset to begin Ever since it all became a blur of your touches on my skin
5.
Baby 03:45
Do I have strong enough teeth for an apple ? Is there enough space in my mouth ? Will I be baptised in a chapple ? What if the water on my little head is too cold? Will there be birds singing for my baby ? And for me when I can’t hit the notes cause I am to old ? Will I ever be rebel, save the future and the last bits of my crowd ? Something is growing inside me I can’t tell you what it is, because I dont know Something is growing inside of me I can’t tell you what it is, because I don’t know Do I have strong enough teeth for an apple ? Is there enough space in my mouth ? Will I be baptised in a chaple ? What if the water on my little head is too cold? Ich wünsche mir ein Baby, aber ich weiss nicht wie ich das machen soll Denn ich habe so viele Träume, ich habe so viele Wünsche Und was ist mit der Kunst? Was ist mit der Kunst? Was sollen wir nur tun, was sollen wir nur tun? In mir wächst irgendwas, was soll ich denn nur tun, was soll ich denn nur tun? Something is growing inside me I can’t tell you what it is, because I dont know Something is growing inside of me I can’t tell you what it is, because I don’t know
6.
Wilderness 03:12
Another drop on the slippery path another drop in the filled glass it floods the ocean you begin to breathe the flower in your hand became a seed In the wilderness Prince of bones Queen of caress They fight the throne cause they are Wild at heart Don’t be so cynical Yes, it’s unpredictable Let go or it will cut right Through your heart Look at you Now you’re stronger than everyone I know The dam is broke and now you’re on you own Free to burst into a thousand silhouettes There’s no looking back on your regrets In the wilderness Prince of bones Queen of caress They fight the throne cause they are Wild at heart Don’t be so cynical Yes, it’s unpredictable Let go or it will cut right Through your heart
7.
Oh 01:45
You dove into the river Oh, you nearly drowned I tried to warn you Stop your shivers Oh, you felt so cold I call your name into the night To hear if you're still there I believe you when you say you will not disappear You slipped away to find a better life if we're all the same the noone's left to find The diamonds in the floodplain wear their corners off hold them, try to keep them, so they won't get lost hold them, try to keep them, and you won't get lost
8.
Waves 03:29
Es ist lange her ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass ich dich noch einmal wieder sehen würde du hast dich überhaupt nicht verändert Slip away into shut my eyes from trouble never will it stop Drawing every line unevenly around me ever growing waves will become a home, too I can't keep my head above the swirling water heavier than air Slip away into shut my eyes from trouble never will it stop Body slips into the end and the beginning that's when we emerge in time i am not the same when I leave this ocean i will have the tide inside
9.
Hydrogen 03:20
The stomach is the darkest bridge of muscles Where does the light get in? The part inside of my own chest is the hardest Where the heart’s supposed to live Hydrogen in all the stars collide Where does the light get in? A part of me I’d never dare to visit In my own mind again My fingertips are trying to reach further Feeling for what they lack And now I’m counting stars until the early morning So the darkness can’t come back Hydrogen in all the stars collide Where does the light get in? A part of me I’d never dare to visit In my own mind again
10.
Daughter 03:22
Winter rain of frozen water 
 Waiting to become your daughter 
 Where I woke
 When I was awake I moved on, but came back later
 Knowing I could never save you
 You were young, but you were never careless I once knew a woman like you 
 Harbouring a life, an heirloom 
 Flew to high
 Now it will never come back I was told it lives in us now
 In my brother, in me somehow 
 When we woke
 Where we are awake Something’s growing
 I can’t tell you
 How can i tell you?
 If i don’t know what it is Emptiness finds you
 I can’t fill it
 How can i fill it ?
 If I have nothing to give Someone’s waiting
 I can’t show you
 How can I show you? I
f I don’t know who it is Something’s growing
 I can’t tell you
 How can i tell you?
 If I don’t know what it is
11.
Again 03:26
Are we here again?
 Are we all waiting in line for our lives to happen?
 Tell me, am i wrong?
 Wanting everyone around to lose their minds and give in 
 Like seeds
 We forgot to water 
 Drying out in boredom 
 The sea
 We’re swimming in is drowning 
 Lost within the ocean 
 Here we are again
 Everyone waiting in line for the worst to happen
 We were once so strong
 Thinking everyone around could lose their minds and give in 
 Like seeds
 They forgot to water
 Drying out in boredom
 The sea
 We’re swimming in is drowning 
 Lost within the ocean
12.
The End 02:50
Until you one day without any light needed suddenly will get up and leave like you have found the purpose Like a bird that awakes blindfolded invisibly at midnight to feed its newborn child without any light needed Do you see us at the end?

about

Copenhagen-based German musician Greta Louise Schenk - aka the brilliant GRETA - will release her debut album Ardent Spring Part on 4 September 2020. Produced by Norwegian musician Farao, it's a terrific, hazy, psychedelic pop record capturing the bloom and re-colouring of the world as it transitions from winter to spring.

Raised in Germany on a diet of classical music like Grieg's Per Gynt, her father's eclectic tastes of Mike Oldfield, ABBA and Eurythmics and the rock tendencies of her mother which introduced her to The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Neil Young, GRETA takes all these influences and crafts music which holds the spirit and style of the 60s and 70s close while re-purposing the synths sounds of the 80s for a 21st century audience. 
A move from Berlin to Copenhagen resulted in Ardent Spring, the debut album (in two parts, actually) as GRETA. All of the songs were recorded in the season named in the title and was "a strong inspiration for both lyrics and sound."

"I initially wrote just Part I and after we recorded it I got so inspired that I wrote Part II," says GRETA. "They both revolve around the same themes but with a different view. It shows my journey and development as a solo artist and my growing into that role and that’s why I wanted to combine them into one album."

Ardent Spring is an album of contrasts; between concrete and nature, between Berlin and Copenhagen, and the transition from Winter to Spring. "It's the circle of life, everything coming alive and starting anew again," says GRETA, "finding and redefining yourself and who you want to be.”

Ardent Spring was produced in sparkling fashion by Kari Jahnsen, better known as Norwegian musician Farao whose most recent album Pure-O was a wonder in itself. "We recorded everything in her studio in Berlin which is filled with vintage synthesizers and harps," reveals GRETA. "It was a fantastic and super inspiring process which taught me a lot and shaped me as well."

The debut album from GRETA contains numerous fantastic dream-pop tracks. In speaking about the previous single "Hydrogen", GRETA hit on the overall theme of Ardent Spring:
"I started thinking about why stars shine. And how we as people receive and transmit light. How can the light reach my innermost core, when it feels like the darkness is sitting right there, where my chest seals itself off and is at its hardest and most impenetrable? The stars in the sky turn hydrogen into helium. This releases such immense power that they create the light we see. So in a way, hydrogen is an explosive catalyst for light – and in the song, this becomes a synonym for conquering the darkness within."

This is a song writer getting towards the apex of abilities, developing at an incredible pace right in front of us. Ardent Spring is only just the start of a career for GRETA - but what a start.

credits

released September 4, 2020

All songs written by Greta Louise Schenk

Produced by Kari Kamrud Jahnsen (Farao) 

Recorded at Street Pulse Studio, Berlin

Mixed by Ådne Meisfjord at Tropical Contact High

Mastered by Emil Thomsen (ET Mastering)


 

lyrics, vocals, arrangement, synthesizer, piano, midi programming, autoharp, omnichord, zither, harmonium & chimes by GRETA


Additional music by:

arrangement, background vocals, synthesizer, drum and midi programming, zither on ‘Baby’ and ‘Wilderness’ by FARAO

Additional arrangement, synthesizer, piano, midi and drum programming by Ådne Meisfjord 

Bass on ‘Again’ and ‘Waves’ by Jae Tyler

Bass on ‘Baby’ and drum programming on ‘Ardent Spring’ by Niels Münster

Additional arrangement on ‘White’, ‘Wilderness’ and ‘Spin’, guitar on ‘White’ and synthesizer on ‘Spin’ by Erlend Eggestad

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GRETA Copenhagen, Denmark

Greta is a songwriter and composer who also produces her own music. She was born in a little seaside town in nothern Germany and grew up playing classical music and listening to her parents’ Abba and Kate Bush records. 


She moved to Denmark in 2011 and has since been very active on the Danish music scene. First with her band Who is Louis who disbanded in 2016. Now she is part of Ida Red and solo
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