Today is the day: ‘Closure‘, the new album of the Swedish singer-songwriter Adna, has hit the stands, ready to enchant and captivate. This time Adna dives deeper into her own past, finding a path back to her roots. This journey ultimately uncovers some inner darkness, which Adna sublimates into music. Unsurprisingly, the resulting nine tracks on ‘Closure’ are as intimate and fragile as can be.
With two full-lengths in her arsenal already (‘Night’ and ‘Run, Lucifer’), Adna has perfected the art of melancholy-infused music-making and developed her own unique sound along the way – which is all the more vocal on ‘Closure’. Melancholy in Adna’s music is special. It is not this bittersweet self-absorbed kind that often feels kind of artificial and even forced upon; neither is it depressing or devoid of hope. Rather, it is quiet and humble – and at the same time heartfelt and profound, reaching into most distant corners of one’s soul but leaving some light at the end of the tunnel.
The title track ‘Closure‘ opens the record with edgy beats and soft piano parts; a song that urges to find beauty and light even in sorrowful places or moments. And there’s definitely a lot more beauty to be found on ‘Closure.’ ‘Leave‘ is one of the most delicate tracks of the album: it’s rather minimalistic in terms of instrumental arrangements, with Adna’s mesmerizing voice floating along with tender piano. ‘Hide‘ is spacious and hearty: expressive percussions drive the melody skywards; so do stunning polyphonies. The final song ‘Someones‘ does bring the whole album to a closure of sorts. It sounds confident, with a gradually developing dynamics, culminating towards the end of the song with rich and poignant overtones and majestic drums.
‘Closure‘ doesn’t necessarily convince that the glass is half full, but it does prove that there’s something graceful and fine about the glass half empty. To put it short: it’s a beautiful, emotional, and mature work of a very promising artist.