Swedish Indie-Folk Artist NOLA Releases New Single “Old Trees in Japan”
Conceived in a cramped, sweaty apartment while touring in Milan, NOLA’s newly-released single, “Old Trees in Japan,” is an ode to intimacy and the confines of self-preservation. The dreamy ballad was released this Friday, April 22nd -marking NOLA’s first release since 2019. Highly anticipated by her hundreds of monthly listeners, NOLA delivers yet another breathtaking vocal performance on “Old Trees in Japan.”
Much like the Nigerian-American singer Sade, NOLA’s voice transcends what we expect of the traditional female vocalist. Her tone is deep and sultry, commanding the attention of whoever is listening. While her vocal range walks on the line of androgyny, NOLA is undoubtedly all-woman as she possesses a certain magnetism that is both alluring and assertive.
“(I) have been writing music since I was a child. Writing is a way of analyzing myself and the world around me, trying to put what I see into words as a way of making some sense of it all”.
When creating “Old Trees in Japan,” NOLA aimed to convey the subtle empowerment that stems from admitting to a need for intimacy and support. Through her new single, the singer-songwriter explains how her desire to experience true emotional intimacy trumps her urge to be independent. “Old Trees in Japan” speaks directly to our innate fear of vulnerability, and how emancipating yourself from that fear can feel significantly more freeing than the self-proclaimed independence that we may cling to.
““Old Trees in Japan” is about admitting to the yearning of being cared for, but essentially it’s a love song”, explains NOLA. “I am quite proud and usually go by life not asking anyone for too much out of fear of appearing weak, so for me it’s a declaration of love asking for help and support from others. It means that I feel safe enough to let my guard down”.
You can keep up with NOLA and her upcoming projects on Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud.