2016 seemed to be the year when Swedish-based artist Suvi was set to expand her already considerable fanbase, a devoted collective who were anxious for more music after the release of attention-grabbing singles “Bleeding for Your Love” and “Find You.” The success of these songs paved the way for a European tour, and the anticipated release of her debut record, “Mad at Heart.” But then things went sideways for her. A mysterious illness stopped her in her tracks, causing mood swings, weight loss and leaving her without a definite sense of her own identity. She spiraled down into an unexpected darkness, and “Mad at Heart” was never fully finished.
“The feeling surrounding all this is very blue,” she explains in a press release. “So many feelings that come to life just by thinking about this time, at the same time it almost feels like a dream from another time and place. It’s unreal. Did it really happen? Another feeling that I get when thinking about it is gratitude, and love, for everyone involved and the journey we did together, it’s shaped me a lot as a person.”
And so there was some light after all – some personal understanding and love gained through this struggle and gloom. And with word coming that “Mad at Heart” will finally reach the restless ears of her fans in February, she’s set to capitalize on both the success of those early singles and a renewed sense of her own abilities as a musician.
On her new single, “Come Out and Play,” she blends a particularly catchy string sample with thumping beats and the inherent pop theatrics of her ethereal voice. Built from an assortment of classic trip-hop and electro-pop aesthetics (and some touches which are completely her own), the track feels like a refreshingly distinct perspective on a sound which has had numerous imitators but very few innovators. Thankfully, Suvi falls firmly into the latter category.