WORTH A LOOK?: ****
Danish/Icelandic duo EYJAA – Sara and Brynja – aren’t happy but have produced a chorus that is to die for: ”5am hurt is a habit, too late for happy thoughts, feeling a day’s worth of damage and here comes The Wrecking Crew. F*ck trying to make sense of sadness before it makes sense of me, love is as simple as madness and here comes The Wrecking Crew.’
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We’ve all stayed up too late wishing we hadn’t but Sara and Brynja are going that little further to ensure you don’t quite have to experience it firsthand: ‘Find myself at 4am cursing all my friends thinking they wish I was dead, maybe that’s a bit much.’
The music style is melodic country pop in a similar vein to a recent song of the week by fellow Dane Mina Okabe and, while this is lyrically far bleaker, it is no less impressive.
Released 1 October, the pair explain: ‘We’ve lived in multiple big cities round the world and speak 7 different languages, so when growing up, change was always just around the corner. But from a very early age music became something special between us – from kindergarten performances to music classes as transverse flute, viola and ukulele to studying music and dancing together. Music is our space – a place of harmony.’
EYJAA debuted in February 2021 with Don’t Forget About Me – a track that eventually was chosen as Song of The Week on National Danish radio P3 – and The Wrecking Crew is the long-awaited follow-up by the duo.
They add: ‘Going through life we all experience challenges that we tend to overthink or simply misunderstand within ourselves. The Wrecking Crew is about how you are never alone with your thoughts. Really, it can be just as beautiful to be sad as it can to be happy. It’s just human emotions, and they are not unknown to any of us.’
Beautifully put and it’s a song that might take a few listens to lodge in your brain but, once it does, it will be hard to forget.