Incorporating a personal element into the lyrics of a song written for a film soundtrack is as challenging as it is unusual. Pop songstress Sigrid, most notably of ‘Strangers’ fame, marries cinematic grandeur and a sense of self in her uplifting original track ‘Home to You’.
Written to accompany Tom Harper’s The Aeronauts (starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne), the song provides the backdrop to the full-length feature about a hot air balloon pilot and meteorologist in the 1800s who aim to fly higher than anyone else before. The emotional challenges in the film – reflected in the song’s title – are not lost on the 23-year-old. Hailing from Alesund, a small coastal town in Norway, she has toured the world as one of the biggest breakout musicians of recent years.
“There’s a place by the sea / and that’s my town,” she sings in her sweet Norwegian lilt, making her soaring falsetto seem almost effortless. Over bright piano, Sigrid details ‘Home to You’ with a brushwork that is vibrant and warm, and lyrics that are at once nostalgic and hopeful.
As BBC Sound of 2018 winner and with appearances at Glastonbury and on Later… with Jools Holland to her name, Sigrid’s nearly sold-out European tour comes as no surprise. You can catch her on her only Irish date at Dublin’s 3Arena on 22nd November.
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