Danish R&B songbird Marie Dahlstrøm breaks down her latest EP 'Kanel': Exclusive interview
Marie Dahlstrøm breaks down her new EP 'Kanel', talks dream collaborators, touring plans, musical influences and more.
One of R&B and soul’s brightest stars Marie Dahlstrøm dropped her brand new EP ‘Kanel’ earlier this July. Hailing from the Roskilde, Denmark (yes, the same Roskilde that hosts one of the largest music festivals in Europe), Marie has fast become known for an output of beautifully crafted Jazz flavored R&B. Drawing on influences from Nordic Jazz to traditional soul, her sharp take on the genre has won her fans across the globe.
Dahlstrøm's latest EP 'Kanel' follows her two much applauded EPs 'Nine' and 'O.O', both of which were released last year. The 'Kanel' EP, produced by JNTHN STEIN was recorded in a single week in Corsica earlier this year.
As Dahlstrøm admits, the intense, yet rewarding session meant that they could get away from any distractions and focus solely on the recording process. The effort produced five new crisp numbers that display her best work so far. Fittingly, Clash Magazine described the first single from the EP ‘Ask About Me’ as “her finest yet” last month. This was followed by the single ‘Bring Me Back’ which Kaltblut described as “a straight-up three and a half minute gem”.
The EP boasts some soulful tracks packed full of chorus hooks, live instrumentation, soul/jazz inspired flourishes and cleverly constructed beats and synth arrangements, which utilize both live and electronic samples — all of which showcase Marie’s honey-glazed vocals and top of the line arrangements, set to an organic yet electronic production from JNTHN STEIN.
"Its called Kanel because I went away to Corsica to record this project, and the small village I recorded it in was called Canelle, which means Cinnamon," Marie says, explaining the title of the new EP in an exclusive interview with Meaww. "It's translated to Kanel in Danish," she adds.
Music has always been closely knit into Marie's life. She's been at it ever since she was eleven years old, starting with the school choir. She has a scattered, eclectic list of influences, particularly Musiq Soulchild, India Arie, Diana Krall, Lizz Wright, Donell Jones, Tank, Kirk Franklin, Lars Jansson. Consequently, her taste for music is also well spread across the board. I asked Marie for a playlist that she particularly enjoys. Check out Marie's everyday jams below.
Marie was kind enough to give me a track-by-track breakdown of the five tracks on 'Kanel'. She admits that album-opener 'Ask About Me' is "essentially a break-up song", but one that "doesn’t focus on being sad. It’s for everyone who has gone through a break up, but wakes up and realizes their self-worth."
'Bring Me Back', Marie says is a more reflective, introspective song. A song that is centered around "that gut feeling you get, when something just isn’t right." In contrast, Marie describes the third track on the EP 'For Sure' as a "simple and singalong-able" track evocative of driving a car on the open road with the windows down and your hair flying. Meanwhile 'Let It Go' is a song "about choosing our battles in life". "Some things/topics/people are worth it. Some are not. Live light," Marie says summarizing the track. Lastly, album closer 'Northern Lights' is a "song about missing someone who is gone."
I also asked Marie which of her songs she would pick if she had to choose just one as a favorite. She said: "Out of all my tracks. I think it might be 'Anymore' from my NINE project. It represents a difficult season in my life and I am literally singing my thoughts in that song. I think that song represents me very well." Oddly enough, when I asked her who her dream collaboration would be with, she chose a big name from the world of hip hop - J. Cole. It sure would be interesting to see how that would sound if it were to ever happen some day.
Marie also plans on touring in support of her album. Having already sold out various headline shows including The Seabright Arms in March this year, Marie celebrates the EP with a headlining show at Omeara, London on September 20. She also revealed that more dates would be added soon.
When asked about what else is in store this year from the Danish songbird, she revealed: "A live EP which I just recorded in studio with my band." She also has a few new collaborations of board but she says it's "still a secret," only revealing that it's "a female artist collaboration which is happening in LA next week."
Listen to Marie Dahlstrøm's new EP 'Kanel' below via Spotify and follow her on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with her latest developments.