“Imagine Empire of the Sun meets Troye Sivan meets this handsome Danish guy and his open-minded and constantly expanding pop universe.” The press release advised me. I didn’t read on further, because I shot straight through to the link included within. Without question, I absolutely had to hear the LIBERTY track “The Last Time” being pitched at me. (Besides, the lovely publicist who gave me the heads-up on this is always pretty much on the ball when alerting me to good, quality pop releases and new pop artists). So true. Going in for my first listen of “The Last Time” I totally clocked the Empire of the Sun vibes and the similarity between the lyrical nuances adopted by Troye Sivan. The track has, groove and I am feeling it.
You’ve probably noticed LIBERTY is rocking, a rock star image. That is because he is one of the most recognisable rock stars in Denmark. Before they split, Mattias Kolstrup was the iconic lead singer of the innovative electro-rock outfit Dúné. When kicking off a new solo project he is LIBERTY. A softer, more emotive version of his former musical self. “The Last Time,” the lead single of the singers upcoming new album “Moon Child Set On The Sun,” is a track ready-made for the summer days ahead. Festooned with an addictive breezy melody and finished off with sexy, trippy beats.
”I was pondering a relationship going to shit. So I went all the way to the Kilimanjaro Mountain in Tanzania – I had to get as far away, and as close to the stars as possible. But of course, the further away I went, the more I thought of home and of her”. Says Mattias of the track while further adding. “When I reached the top, I met a strange old woman. She told me that I was a moonchild set on the sun and maybe, for once, I should just try to be where I was. Here, now. I heeded her advice and “The Last Time” was written then and there”.
Wow, what a story. I didn’t expect that. A, kinda spookish while at the same time, a spiritually enlightening experience was had if you ask me. It neatly explains the origins of the upcoming album title as well. Great news, because I was curious to know more about that. The shift to everything becoming softer. Blissed out dream pop, dripping in, uplifting ecstasy is a spellbinding power move. An honest foray into emotive pop. Very, well-done LIBERTY.