Following the release of her new album Inside released in November, Norwegian artist Sea Change, has released a new video for “Stepping Out.” The clip was directed by Ernst van Hoek & edited by Agustin Farias.
Written during a time of signifiant change, INSIDE found Ellen Sunde breaking free from her constraints. Having relocated to Berlin, and LA, where the arts district is less-pronounced but just as stimulating. Partly a document of the culture she embraced through this time in the form of techno’s club scene & the sexual freedom these clubs provide, the album is also about working through loneliness, discarding inhibitions to carve out a new way of making music, fully challenging herself in the process.
From Sea Change:
“When I made this record I tried to channel the same state of mind I have when I go clubbing,” Ellen says. “Not overthinking everything, like I usually do, but instead embracing my impulses; working intuitively, almost anti-intellectual. I learned that that’s where I am able to get to the core of what I need to express and that I just had to trust those decisions.”
For all of its personal exploration, INSIDE is also testament to the strength of collaboration, with Ellen taking her seeds of ideas to co-producer and mixer Andrew Murray who helped flesh out her sketches, fine-tuning the drum machines, analogue synths and pitch-shifted vocals Sunde was embracing for the first time, and completing the new sound with modular textures and club inspired beats. The throbbing electronica of “SCRATCH THAT ITCH” is perhaps the record’s boldest moment, offering a radiant joining of tension and temperature. Written as a direct response to the aforementioned nightlife of LA and Berlin, it’s an ode to the spaces that had such a profound on Ellen.
In an essay for Somesuch Stories, writer Amy Liptrott describes her time in Berghain – Berlin’s most notorious club haven – as like being underwater; a disorientating force of throbbing tides and flailing limbs, of the push and the pull, of things lost to the darkest depths. INSIDE often mirrors that same sense of submergence, the pulsing rhythms softened by the dense surroundings, sometimes lost to the waves above and below. Throughout INSIDE there are flashes of colours amid its silvery sheen, occasional sparks of life we don’t always recognise, but appear as fascinating indicators of our new environment. Reminders, also, that we too are animals, living somewhere else entirely for a moment, just long enough to remember who we really are – or perhaps to just lose ourselves entirely.
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