Having picked up fans in the likes of Wonderland Magazine, NME, The Line Of Best Fit and more, Norwegian newcomer HALIE follows up recent single Good Kids with another nod towards her obvious pop potential in ethereal new offering, Circling. Marrying the pop sensibility of Charli XCX and defiance of early Lorde, HALIE cements herself as one to watch in 2020 with this dreamy single.
As tender as she is tough, eighteen year-old HALIE, AKA Hannah Emilie Grung, sings with the raw edges of Amy Winehouse and all the soulful softness of the American rising star Yebba. In 2018, four singles – including the anthemic Youth and the defiant Not Yours – racked up hundreds of thousands of Spotify plays before she’d even left school. Then, as quickly as she captured the attention of the music industry, she fell silent again and lay low, finishing school and writing a clutch of new songs. Good Kids is the first to arrive from a project which serves as a manifesto for self-expression and emotional honesty. HALIE pleads for tolerance, or rails against ignorance, with an open heart and all the confidence of a cheeky schoolgirl. Written across Finland, Norway and created in her Bergen studio, Halie has been working with some of Scandinavia’s highest regarded talents on her upcoming EP, namely Emanuel Abrahamsson, who boasts Zara Larsson’s Lush Life within his catalogue. With Circling, HALIE is stoking anticipation for what comes next. Keep a close eye.