Katy’s Track of the Day: Sibille Attar – I Don’t Have To

Fractious, rough-edged pop from the latest signing to the celebrated PNKSLM label (KTOTD-0003)

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I’m a really big fan of PNKSLM, an independent label based in Stockholm. They’ve got a lofty habit of picking out great noisy musicians from around Europe, from Sweden’s ShitKid and Russia’s Angelic Milk to Manchester duo Luxury Death.

There’s still a melodic underbelly bubbling under the guitars, though, which is why the latest addition to the PNKSLM (“Punk slime”) roster, Sibille Attar, is such a great fit.

Sibille is an Örebro-born, Stockholm-based solo artist who released her debut album in 2013. It was clean-cut, polished indie pop music, exactly the sort of thing you wouldn’t really find on her new imprint. Since then she’s been on a long hiatus, only popping up for the odd minor project, or to play very occasional live shows.

The reason for the break was, she says, a combination of a “rough patch” with her self-confidence (relatable) and a degree of disenchantment with the priorities of the music industry. While she’s been away she’s regained her creative independence, reinvented her image and revamped her sound, and I’m a big fan of the results.

I Don’t Have To – released last Friday as the second single of her comeback – still packs in some tuneful pop fundamentals, but they’re raw and rough-edged. The cymbals in the opening bars pierce, the keys are impure, her vocals feel bare and unvarnished.

Sibille’s new EP, Paloma’s Hand, is released on 27 April. I Don’t Have To is included, as is February single RUN, a dark portion of glum pop punctuated by bleakly-toned cello.

Sibille is planning to next work on a new album. She’s also going to be announcing live dates, performing with a full band.

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Track of the Day is curated with a personal spin by FEISTY editor Katy Blackwood. Got a tip for her? Drop her a tweet at @KatyBlackwood or send her an email at [email protected].
Katy Blackwood
Katy Blackwood is the Editor of FEISTY. She's been a self-confessed music geek, stan and encyclopedia since her childhood, loving both new and older sounds alike. Katy started out as a contributor to various magazines before founding FEISTY as an independent, female-led platform for new music.

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