Music, Singles, The Revue — February 21, 2017 at 5:45 am

Simen Mitlid – “I Don’t Care” (single premiere)

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Nine months ago, we were introduced to Simen Mitlid, who released the folk-pop gem, “Sleeping.” At the time, we said he could be Norway’s answer to The Tallest Man on Earth with his radiant vocals, engaging sound, and personal storytelling. This was the last song Mitlid would release, leaving fans to wonder whether the native of the small village of Os could deliver on the expectations and his limitless potential. The answer arrives today, as Mitlid unveils his new single, “I Don’t Care”, which we are extremely pleased to premiere.

“I Don’t Care” is a spectacular single. Midlid’s vocals – which blends Justin Vernon’s soothing falsetto with the ethereal echo of Haux – are remarkable, lulling one into a state of dream-like suspension. The instrumentation, highlighted by Mitlid’s fantastic finger-plucking of the acoustic guitar, is breathtaking and transcendent. It is like the calm before the storm, where everything seems perfectly still.

The song also continues Mitlid’s focus on describing many of life’s experiences. In this case, he looks more introspectively at seeking truth and the things that are important. Mitlid sings, “Held my breath too, I’m passing out” and later “I don’t care, we’ll all be gone soon anyway.” He’s not communicating that he has given up on life but rather to reveal his newfound liberation. It is a message that we often forget and need to be reminded of each day, especially during these unusual times. In much the same way Kristian Matsson has done throughout his career, Mitlid has given us an important lesson through a song that should be celebrated.

“I Don’t Care” officially drops Friday, February 24th. The song is the lead single from this debut album that will be released later this year via Koke Plate.

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