photo by André Hansen

Brimheim is on the way to own the crown of one of the most atmospheric and innovative Danish acts, with her second album “RATKING”. 

Brimheim has crafted a masterpiece that transcends boundaries, melting genres and defying conventions. “RATKING” is not merely an album; it’s a statement, a call to arms for the avant-garde pop in music.

Brimheim is a true sonic sorcerer

From the very first track, “Dancing in the Rubble”, Brimheim invites the listener into their caleidoscopic universe. A fusion of electronic beats and haunting melodies sets the tone for the sonic journey ahead. The ethereal vocals float effortlessly over pulsating rhythms, drawing the listener deeper into Brimheim’s musical labyrinth. Her vocals are expressing nuance emotions with just a slight change of tone. She is able to go from whisper to a scream expression seamlessly.

As the album unfolds, it becomes evident that Brimheim is not content with staying within the confines of any genre. Tracks like “Normies”, “Brand New Woman (feat. eee gee)” or “No Liver, No Lungs” blend elements of pop, shoegaze, and electronica, creating a sound that feels familiar and utterly unique at the same time. The result is a musical tapestry that is as mesmerizing as it is unpredictable.

One of the album’s standout tracks, “Literally Everything”, makes me think of Djo’s “End of Beginning”. The hypnotic rhythms and shimmering melody evoke images of vast, open landscapes, while the plaintive vocals speak of longing and nostalgia. It’s a track that transcends language, speaking directly to the soul.

Fearless experimentation shines on “RATKING”

But perhaps the most striking aspect of “RATKING” is its fearless experimentation. Brimheim really tried to push the boundaries of what her sound sounds like, incorporating elements of noise, as well as electronics into the mix. “RATKING” tracks are nerdly beautiful, each note adding to the album’s rich tapestry.

Throughout “RATKING”, Brimheim demonstrates a mastery of atmosphere and mood. Each track is meticulously crafted, with every sonic element serving a purpose. Every moment feels deliberate and calculated, while maintaining the authentic and honest message.

Brimheim’s “RATKING” is nothing short of a revelation. She definitely avoided falling into the “second album syndrome”.  With its fearless experimentation and undeniable sense of atmosphere, it stands as a testament to the boundless possibilities of pop music. In a world where conformity and following trends reign supreme, Brimheim dares to be different and her own kind of an artist, and the result is nothing short of extraordinary.

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