Emmelie De Forest Sanctuary 2017

She’s the Danish Eurovision winner who’s become a prolific songwriter for other acts. But today, after a two year break, Emmelie De Forest returns with a new single of her own — “Sanctuary”

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The song is Emmelie’s first since splitting from Universal towards the end of 2015. Then she appeared to be in an artistic limbo. Attempts to move on from “Only Teardrops” and “Rainmaker” saw her sound veer in wildly differing directions. Although “Drunk Tonight” and “Hopscotch” each had their own merits, the stark disparities between the two suggested that all was not right.

And the Eurovision 2013 champion admits as much. “I needed to find myself as an artist, figure out my own sound”, she says, “play the guitar and write even more songs, without anyone interfering”.

Thankfully, if “Sanctuary” is anything to go by, everything is back on track.

Don’t be fooled by the cover art. The blue jumpsuit and perm might scream 1970s disco diva, but Emmelie isn’t trying to be the next Donna Summers. Instead, she’s updated the folk-pop that first brought her success almost five years ago.

Tribal drums and flutes no longer dominate as the 24-year-old sings over a menagerie of instruments. And while previously the songstress occasionally came across as aloof, “Sanctuary” is full of warmth.

Infectiously upbeat, it’s impossible not to smile as De Forest takes us to a place where she’s free to be herself and do what she likes. “This is my sanctuary, this is my show-and-tell, so free”.

Writing in the official press release, Emmelie explains the meaning behind the lyrics:

A Sanctuary could be many different things. To me, it’s all the ideas that pop up in your head and then suddenly you see them transform from a feather in your mind to actual wings. It’s really the feel-ing of creating something, weather it be a song, a story or a painting.

So to me a sanctuary is not just a place to hide from danger, but a place away from the world and the daily life where you can dream and create.

Songs with such sentiments of self-discovery and hope can often be cloying or cheesy. “Sanctuary” is neither.

It’s a refreshingly simple comeback, and all the better for it.

Emmelie De Forest “Sanctuary” (Official Audio)

Emmelie hasn’t been busy doing nothing during her two year hiatus.

Aside from writing songs for Eurovision stars Anja Nissen and Lucie Jones, she also embarked on a crowdfunding campaign for her new EP. She smashed her initial target, reaching 150% of her goal.

Hopefully this means we won’t have to wait so long for her next effort.

Are you happy to hear new music from Emmelie De Forest? What do you think of “Sanctuary”? And would you like her to perform at Eurovision again? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ibogayne
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Ibogayne

I like the Forrest

Garry
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Garry

Back on form! Only Teardrops was superb, Rainmaker even better, and the acoustic version of Drunk Tonight was sublime! Then Hopscotch came and I just didn’t recognise Emmelie in it at all. I bought it without hearing it and was dumbstruck when I heard it. It was not even in the same leagues the others. It’s so good to have Emmelie back with Sanctuary.

Msig
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Msig

The full EP, also titled “Sanctuary”, will be commercially released in March 2018, but is already available to everyone who pre-ordered it via PledgeMusic.

Unknown Stalker
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Unknown Stalker

I’ve been waiting for it for so long! Finally! Made my evening. Love it ?

Robyn Gallagher
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Now I get why she’s gone for that early ’80s disco diva look in the promo material. “Sanctuary” has a cool electronic sound, with hints of ’80s electropop. It’s not a throwback and there’s an enough of a modern electro-folk sound to make it sound like a song of 2017. And it comes as a reminder of how much warmth and character Emmelie has in her voice. In a way, that’s one of her greatest talents and I’m glad she’s put it to good use here.

Geo
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Geo

Better hairstyle, but still…blonde was the best for her!

global esc
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global esc

Finally a new hairstyle. Keep it that way. But the waist is too photoshopped.
So is she like Barei? Leave the record label because she thought signing is a dream come true, but they just ignored her and made her wait until forever?
Maybe should not be such a big dream to sign such a contract.

Robyn Gallagher
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It doesn’t look photoshopped to me. I’m not skinny, but I have a tiny waist and I could easily pose like that if I was wearing a leotard and a waist cincher belt, and stood at an angle while disguising the full width of my hips with my hands. No voodoo required. It’s just how some women are shaped! 😛

Milla
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Milla

It does not look normal. Where are her ribs??

Robyn Gallagher
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Her ribs are inside her body.

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global esc

About the record label…I think Saara Aalto was also disappointed by the contract she won in xFactor UK. Are those things so sure? I mean…the singer really found the goose with golden eggs, by signing such contracts? About the waist, I’m aware that each body is unique, and everything is possible but I still think her waist is photoshopped, it happens too many times, but the official cover has only her face, right? We can look at other pictures of her waist, even the one above with the black lace top. In the end it doesn’t matter if it’s not… Read more »

Emmelie Fan
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Emmelie Fan

Very good song! Emmelie is back!