Gritty seductive electro R & B and one of the most exciting new voices of pop music: this is Janice, who with her single Black Lies , which appears digital today, gives the first taste of her debut album Fallin 'Up.
Fallin 'Up promises to be a future classic, with songs that hold hope and great feelings, both their own and the universal ones. On January 12, 2018, the album will be released, full of intimate yet powerful songs, deep basses and heavy beats that beautifully portray Janice's powerful voice and overwhelmingly emotional lyrics.
Janice released her first single in 2016, the soulful ballad "Do not Need To". After that everything went very fast. The single, somewhat reminiscent of a modern version of Massive Attack's "Unfinished Sympathy", became one of the most played songs on Swedish radio. They soon attracted international attention and was not only celebrated by indie blogs, but also by big stars like Ricky Martin, Charli XCX and Zara Larsson.Record companies queued up to sign them - Sony Music | Four Music Germany was the first.
The rest of 2016 Janice spent commuting between Stockholm and London and new music with songwriters and producers like Andreas Söderlund (aka Hyena), Andy Clutterbuck and James Hatcher (from East London electro duo Honne), Bristol musician Javeon McCarthy and the English producer / songwriter Ben Ash (Two Inch Punch) to write. "We met and exchanged stories," says Janice about their time together with their collaborators.
Before she knew it, she had finished a whole album - a powerful yet accessible work.There is, for example, "Lullaby", a slow electro soul jam, an allusion to emotional turbulence. "I Got You" is concentrated synth-soul, you could also say Synth & B. "Black Lies" is joyful and sad at the same time, a very Janice-typical piece that finds the bright spot in the dark and treats the betrayal by a partner.
Just like Amy Winehouse, Janice also tends to use force terms both privately and in her songs. "I wanted an open and direct album," she says of her street jargon. "That's how I talk. I curse a lot. I know it's bad, but when I write, it comes out like that. "
"You Only Say You Love Me In The Dark" - which begins slowly and with an electro-blues feeling and then develops into a faster cyber-soul - continues the motto of relentless honesty.
"I guess I'm kinda happy about that and sad at the same time," she laughs, referring to her difficult past with men. "That happened to me and luckily I was able to get something out of it. I built up the whole thing. I have changed so much and now I am very self-confident. "" Enough "reminds with its dark, modern shimmer of a Schnulze from the 60s."Someone New", with its strings and references to smoking, builds a bridge between the 60s and the 21st century.
The emotional core of the album is "Answer", the first song she wrote for Fallin 'Up.
"Daddy, I feel lost / It's been four years, without you / Never knew time could move so slow / It's been four years, without you / Daddy, can you cover my soul?"
(Dad, I feel lost / I wish you could hear my song / Four years ago, without you / I never realized that time could pass so slowly / Four years ago, without you / Daddy, you can cover my soul? "), she sings.
The fact that Janice sounds so authentically painful on this song could have something to do with her being that she really is.
The song is about her father, who took his own life four years ago. "Answer" is thus their form of coping.
Janice describes her debut as a kind of concept album. "Basically, it's just stories about me. Many are about love and how I used to be and who I want to be; how I found myself in a very dark, hopeless situation and then fought my way up and found myself. I think I was like any other teenager, only I had a lot of drama! "