Swedish singer, songwriter and producer Adam Öhman, artist moniker Mountain Bird, has released his track 'Terrified of Love', which came as the second release to his forthcoming EP, 'Once We Were Present' out April 2nd via Nettwerk.
The single sonically conjures Sufjan Stevens via the Scissor Sisters, and skips along with an upbeat, but almost lulling pace. A salve for the soul for anyone who’s been through heartbreak. Mountain Bird’s stark, and ever more honest, lyrics lay in contrast to the seemingly buoyant musical backing of octave jumping synths and beautifully sanguine piano; as if drawing on the fact that whilst love is becoming an ever more terrifying prospect, that’s exactly what makes it such a worthy endeavour.
On the single’s inspiration, Mountain Bird said:
“Tinder and all the other apps have made us scared of commiting to basically anything or anyone, so instead we are throwing away people like garbage and this has been a huge impact of the collective depressive state.”
The single arrived alongside an official music video, which follows directly on from previous single 'Modern Man'. Filmed as one continuous shot, and on the same set as ‘Modern Man’, the video sees Adam wind down and return to the monotony of modern life after filming, drawing on the fact that this is the side of life we never typically show the cameras.
On the video, the director says,
“We wanted to show a real side to Adam with this video. When the camera’s not there and it’s just him, his words and experiences. Life’s not a music video all the time. That’s why the camera slowly dollys back and reveals the whole set, all in one single take, no cuts or re-dos. Just like life. We also wanted to touch the structural dilemma of Social media. Where everyone just posts the highlights of their lives, creating this false image. Kind of like a studio set. All we see is what’s in the frame. We don’t see ”behind the scenes”. But what if we just back up a little bit. Is everything like we show it?”
Mountain Bird released his last EP in January 2020 - a detailed and honest insight into the life of someone battling with their mental health and a journey through lush electronic soundscape and alluring synths. Sonically, it marked a new chapter for Mountain Bird. who previously recorded either instrumentals, or using guest vocalists. Now at the forefront of his own music, Mountain Bird has created the kind of moody, millennial pop which can define a generation.
The new EP focuses on mental health in modern, technologically fast-moving societies.
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