SHY Martin is one of Sweden’s most prominent rising musical talents right now with her emphatic music and sublime vocal never disappointing and only getting better with every single release. She’s been on this meteoric rise over the past few years and today she places her lyrical prowess front and centre through her emotionally evocative, poignantly penned, delicate and poetic track Slow, a simple yet utterly spellbinding piece of music.
“When I started writing songs I never did it without my guitar,” SHY Martin explains the process of how the song came to be. “I spent hours and hours writing on my bed with it, and if not there it was on a little pier by a lake next to our house. A few years ago when I moved to Stockholm I stopped writing songs that way. This past summer me, my brother and two of my closest friends and co-writers Nirob and Litens went to spend a weekend at my parents’ place in the countryside where I grew up. We ended up bringing the guitar everywhere we went. It was the first time in years I’d even held the guitar, but I guess going back to where it all started made me feel like nothing had really changed. ‘Slow’ was written during those days in the countryside. I picked up the guitar while we were eating breakfast one morning and started playing some chords. We were talking about how scary it can be jumping into a relationship immediately after a break up. I really felt like I wanted to keep the feeling we had when we wrote it by keeping the production simple, organic.”
The story, the lyrics, the production, the voice, everything about this track is just sheer perfection and has me reaching for the tissues after just one listen. The simplistic production makes the whole piece feel so raw, like she’s sat down in your living room pouring her heart out to you about her fears. Her voice feels like at any moment she’s about to break down and to get that into an emotional piece of music like this just enhances the experience even more. Pure magic.