Astrid S has finally put a new single on the internet this morning Breathe, which is produced by Oscar Holter from the Wolf Cousins camp (he’s done shit with Carly Rae Jepsen, Tori Kelly and DNCE to name a few) pretty much combines what was great about the understatement of Hurts So Good
Scandinavia does pop better. From Robyn to MØ, the region has an impeccable pop pedigree. The latest star to emerge is Astrid S. She generated huge buzz in 2016 with icy synth-pop anthem “Hurts So Good” and backed it up with a flawless feature on Matoma’s “Running Out.” The Norwegian took it to the next level earlier this year, however, with “Breathe.” The first single from the 20-year-old’s second EP is a beautifully sparse banger with crystalline synths and a mesmerizingly simple chorus.
I recently caught up with the rising star during a songwriting trip to Los Angeles. She spoke openly about the evolution of “Breathe” (Astrid initially thought it was too pop) and explained that it’s not particularly reflective of her new EP, which serves “lush vibes.” The newcomer also talked about her excitement at the prospect of combining Norwegian melodies with American pop sounds and revealed some of the artists on her collaboration wish-list. Get to know Astrid a little better in our Q&A below.