Songwriters frequently write their best music during their darkest periods. And so it seems to have gone for Mørland — Norway’s Eurovision 2015 singer, who will release his ten-track debut album Make a Sail on May 27.
“This album is in many ways about finding hope in a hopeless place,” he tells wiwibloggs. “Many of the songs I wrote after having lost my mother. She had a fundamental positive outlook on life and didn’t want us to mourn for her. I think this is also reflected in the uplifting parts of the album. There is an underlying sense of hope running through the music.”
“Make a Sail” — the title track and third cut from the album — is raw and honest, and details his reflections on his mother’s courage and strength during her battle with cancer. Reflective, but never overly sentimental, it captures the unique quality of Mørland’s voice — brooding and strong, vulnerable and melancholic.
Other standout tracks include “Skin”, “Pretend” “Army Of One” and his evergreen Eurovision entry, “A Monster Like Me”.
There isn’t filler on this album, but there are standouts. His songwriting really sets sail on “Clownfeet” — a romantic song about lasting love and the fear of it not being mutual forever. Similar in tone and theme to “A Monster Like Me”, the song seems to build on the notion that he isn’t good enough. Surely after re-listening to this album he’ll understand that he is.