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Introducing: Heidrunna

She’s been making national and international discussions. But could HEIDRUNNA be Iceland’s biggest music sensation since Björk? Possibly, if her streams are anything to go by…

Blending 80s elation with 21st century gloss, in Melodramatic, Heidrunna constructs a chain reaction of rhapsodic melodies as she crusades through lust, heartache and the catastrophes of love. Drawing influence from old school songwriting, it’s the result of Heidrunna’s adoration for classic hooks and greatest hits records. She sought inspiration from the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lykke Li, Vanessa Paradise, Blondie and The Weeknd to find sounds for her bold album debut. Honest and sincere, in the space of ten exceptionally crafted electro-pop jewels, it encapsulates Heidrunna’s beguiling aura. Liam Howe was brought on board to produce: a big name, whose portfolio includes Ellie Goulding and Lana Del Ray.

That big name in production has turned the album into a collection of hits. Highlights include the larger-than-life Borderline, and the woozy pop gem Love Don’t Come Easy (created during a writing session for Kylie Minogue). The sentimental Daydreamer reminisces for long-lost romance, while Erasing You delves into the push and pull of relationships. There’s more heartbreak on the delicate No Valium, while the title track Call It Melodramatic resumes velocity with its synths. You Can Go Your Own Way is the perfect soundtrack to summer, and with the club ready Cindy we finally hear Heidrunna sing in her native Icelandic… an homage Cindy Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

HEIDRUNNA is an Icelandic musician. Find her music here.

This article has also been published in Nordic Style Magazine.

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