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Something Easier

by Signe Marie Rustad

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Norwegian-American singer/songwriter Signe Marie Rustad was born and raised on a farm in central Norway, where the forest, river and fields have filled her with a deep calmness and never-ending restlessness. As a result, many of her songs carry within them a search for a balance between these elements.

After catching the attention of the growing americana-loving audience in Norway with 2012 debut Golden Town – the title a reference to her mother's hometown Golden, Colorado – Rustad secured her first Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) nomination with critically acclaimed second album Hearing Colors Seeing Noises (2016).

On upcoming third album, When Words Flew Freely, Rustad returns with the powerful, elastic voice and poetic lyrical style that has earned her a loyal fan base in Norway. The album's nine tracks revolve around traumatic life events, and the feeling of emotional stagnation, with a severe writer’s block as a result. On “Something Easier”, Rustad says:

The verses for “Something Easier” were the last lyrics I wrote before a challenging time in my personal life hit me hard, and three years of writer’s block followed. Fast forward to 2018, I finished the song, writing the chorus as kind of an explanation, or summary, to myself about what had happened. The haunting – and, to me – unsettling humming that starts off and ends the song is my way of translating a feeling of uneasiness into the language of music. It reflects how I felt back when I first started writing the song. Despite the song’s birth through hopelessness, listening to it now makes me feel empowered.

Together with producer Kenneth Ishak (of Norwegian cult-band Beezewax), and with backing from new label Die With Your Boots On Records, Rustad looks to build on the success of her previous albums, with a new excursion into free-flowing, folksy, cosmic music.

When Words Flew Freely is scheduled for worldwide release on November 1st, with single “Die With Your Boots On” out May 31st, and second single “Something Easier” out on September 27th.

lyrics

So Simple
But too hard to move
Into something easier
Into a mellow mood
Because something inside me is growing
And it will be here soon
Unknown
New
With the next full moon
I sent my heart around the earth
In a lonely orbit
Waiting to be found and heard
But not until I brought it back into this world
Could I hear its beating
Did I know its worth
I lost what I was all about
Into a pool of broken hearts
I fell in but I floated up
Like a witch to the surface
So I live but I am marked
I’ve been had
I’ve been spit out
Too hard
Too soft
Not good enough



I’ve been so hungry
In this empty house
So I grew my fur out
And I blew down the walls
Then I went out roaming
Lupus became the fox
Scavenging the junk yards
Hiding in the crops

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released September 27, 2019
Signe Marie Rustad: Vocals, acoustic guitar & tambourine
Alexander Lindbäck: Drums
Njål Uhre Kiese: Bass guitar
Annar By: Electric guitar
Bjørge Verbaan: Upright piano
Cello: Helga Hommedal Blikås
Cello arrangement: Kenneth Ishak & Helga Hommedal Blikås

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Signe Marie Rustad Oslo, Norway

Norwegian-American singer/songwriter Signe Marie Rustad was born and raised on a farm in central Norway, where the forest, river and fields have filled her with a deep calmness and never-ending restlessness. As a result, many of her songs carry within them a search for a balance between these elements. ... more

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