Scandi SQRD New Single Scars Out Now – Listen Here
SQRD is a Swedish-born, Berlin-based lo-fi electronic producer already making waves with his Gold EP (2016) that achieved high praise from The Line Of Best Fit. This year, his Together EP takes listeners on a memory trip through life changing travel experiences in Japan, Iceland and Lebanon. “Scars” captures the enduring pain of war weary Beirut, where young people strive to build a better future. The heavy topic is offset by airy vocals and synthy bass like Blackbird Blackbird.
In Beirut, SQRD found an enchanting mixture of European and Middle Eastern cultures balancing ancient history and modern nightlife. The young people he met offered inspiring stories about overcoming a violent history and living with the pain. Lyrically, the song could capture any traumatic experience for the listener. “Are you numb to the pain? / Are you finding a way? / The scars will never go away.”
SQRD’s soulful and atmospheric music is reminiscent of early James Blake and SBTRKT that is the result of calculated and efficient production. In SQRD’s isolation he is left to his own thoughts and devices to create music that comes from experiences shared with others.
Carl- Robin aka SQRD says:
‘The fundamental aim of music, and arguably all art, is to evoke emotions. Whether it be by drawing a satirical cartoon to illuminate a social issue, telling a story that examines the human condition or simply enhancing a mood with music. My way of capturing the lo-fi feeling and many layers of falsetto vocals does just this. The ambiguity of my songs is meant to allow the listener greater freedom in superimposing their own story unto the music. Rather than trying to convey a specific message, tracks like “Scars” attempts to capture a certain state of mind at the time of listening to it’.
With the Scars single being out now, the Together EP will be out 24th November on Swedish Tastemaker label Sommarhjärta.