Earlier this month, Swedish alternative rock/metal band Noija released their debut album Colorblind. We’re not over this yet, with Colorblind getting regular plays at Depth HQ.
One of our favourites of Colorblind is “Just Hold Your Breath” which just so happens to be beautiful and breathtaking.
Beginning with a lone piano in silence, we hear admissions pour out vocally, drenched in ache and inadequacy. As the verse is repeated, meaninglessness woven through its fabric, the sound and vibe builds in intensity and heart. The gravity of what’s being shared is felt more painfully, reflected by vocalist Nick Serlstedt’s exasperated expression.
“I’m not feeling this!”
In that vulnerable rawness, with crashing drums and sympathetic strings, a shift happens. Strength is found, a sense of empowerment in the relief of honesty, and what was a echoed confession has now shifted 180 degrees into statements of possibility and hope.
For the reason of that progression from quiet confession through to seeing possibility where there was literally nothing, “Just Hold Your Breath” forms a song of encouragement to persist and to allow change. It’s a beautiful gift of support if we need it from Nick, Daniel, Max and Ludvig.