Maria Jane Smith and Victor Thell make up Scandinavian duo Smith & Thell. They met as teenagers at a local music event in their hometown of Helsingborg in Southern Sweden. Since then, they have spent their time establishing themselves as one of Sweden’s most sought after songwriter and producer combos.
They have contributed as writers on songs for major label artists that have combined to be streamed over 200,000,000 times (in Scandinavia alone). After deciding to launch their own artist project, Smith & Thell, they submitted their original song “Statue” to be considered for Sweden’s prestigious Denniz Pop Awards. With a panel led by multi-platinum producer Max Martin, the jury selected Smith & Thell as the “2015 New Artist of The Year” which is the same honor that was given to international superstar Tove Lo in 2014.
Last month saw this talented two piece release their third offering from the upcoming LP Soulprints. Here is what Maria had to say about February:
“We wrote this song in the month of February last year. It was a gray time in life and an even grayer winter in Stockholm. All we could see around us were hollow-eyed people on the subway walking into each other and stepping on each other’s feet, drowsy from too little sleep and too much darkness. We said ‘let’s just be honest with ourselves that life sucks for the moment.’ Victor sat down by the piano, I was laying on the couch and the words ‘I’m as low as low can be, I just go home and watch TV’ came out. Named after this gray and cold month, we wanted to embody the every day life faced here during this time. Sometimes you want a song to pick you up – but sometimes, at least for us, we just want to rest in our feelings and embrace the low’s for a while, before getting back “into the ring.” Sometimes you’re strong enough to be your own hero, but sometimes you just want to exist, and simply feel whatever you feel. Hopefully “February” will allow you to simply… feel”
I’ve listened to this sumptuous song on constant repeat and it literally takes my breath away. February is a refreshing blend of folk meets pop which had been crafted to perfection. Those delightful lyrics were charming and Maria’s vocal tones were so sweet (actually the first musician that came to mind was Northern Ireland’s Janet Devlin).
I’ve got nothing but praise for this tasty tune, the smoothness of the melody set chills down my spine and Smith’s vocal tones left me in a daze. Anyhow February oozed plenty of promise and it makes me anticipate the release of Soulprints this coming April.
Now the impeccable record Soulprints will be released through Playground Music Scandinavia AB and I’ve been lucky enough to listen to a 9 minute sampler. OMG this LP is set to be a cracker, Soulprints is a well crafted piece of perfection. Having heard snippets of each of the 12 tunes only makes me relish the prospect of having it on my iPod. This record is smothered within plenty of folk pop goodness and I cannot wait to hear the full versions of Toast, Hey, Hey Oh Bae, Garden Of Eden, Boiling Point and Under The Moon.