It’s no secret that the world is a scary place. Everyone is scared of something, whether that something be material or immaterial, and those fears can often be paralyzing. The thing about fear, and this is easier said than done, is that once you face it…it becomes a little bit less scary every time you do. Swedish singer/songwriter Isak Danielson creates an inspiring message with his latest single, “Face My Fears,” which was inspired by his own struggles with panic disorder and not wanting to let it define who he is.
Isak’s captivating and mature sound shows an old soul in a young man’s body and a talent reaching beyond his age. His voice has drawn parallels to both Anthony & The Johnsons and Hozier, but it stands out perfectly by itself as a new measure, on its own. He quickly rose to global recognition with his 2018 track, “Ending” which was used in a routine on So You Think You Can Dance, choreographed by Talia Favia then featured in Marvel‘s Cloak & Dagger. “Ending” was the closing track to his debut album, Yours. Since then, he has released his second album, Remember to Remember Me, numerous singles, participated in TV4‘s morning show and performed at Rockwood Music Hall in New York. Once you’ve heard his voice, you don’t forget it.
True to his signature sound, Isak gives listeners an emotional and vulnerable performance in “Face My Fears,” which is the second single off of his next album. His glossy and soothing tones dance over a sweet piano melody. His voice crescendos along with the piano as he enters a resounding chorus, one that is filled with power and strength. As he explores his fears and unveils his inner thoughts to his listeners, strings, drums, and layered vocals take over the melody to give the song more depth. When he enters the chorus one last time, the entire instrumental make-up carries beneath his swelling vocals before he finishes on a brief note. Isak has one clear message in the song, one that many people need to hear right now – “Everyone has their own demons but the important thing to remember is not to let the demon define who you are.”
His music video, below, features an equally touching choreographed routine that also bears his heart and soul. It’s the perfect visual companion to this delicately beautiful song.