There’s an airy freedom to Many Voices Speak’s debut Away for All Time EP, conjuring a calm suiting the space in which it was created. Written and recorded in the small Swedish industrial town of Borlänge — where Matilda Mård relocated for two years to escape Stockholm’s busier pace — less distractions gave way to creative rejuvenation and a revitalized approach to music.

Having spent years previously writing and performing under her own name as a stifled singer-songwriter around Stockholm, Mård found liberation in one of the Borlänge more unlikely places — the karaoke bar. It became a “free zone” for her, she says, “far away from my own self doubts and prestige about music.” After piling songs for years without ever releasing anything, she was relieved of the pressure she felt towards her own creations and began again as Many Voices Speak.