Following the release of her 2017 debut album Won, Lina Tullgren returns to share brand new track “Always Fine” - a collaboration with producer and friend, NTHNL.
The collaboration, their process and its impending products occurred serendipitously and without much discussion. They had met at a show, and through the mysterious graces of the internet started work on “Always Fine.” NTHNL created the sonic structures with few basic song parameters, and Tullgren wrote the lyrics and melody based on a feeling of being at a party alone, where something feels wrong.
The feeling cannot be placed: you cannot locate the source, but live inside the overarching surface feeling. It was with these same lyrical ideas that Lina and NTHNL approached Shane Beam to create an animated video to accompany the track.
Songwriting, like anything, is a process. In the modern world, songs exist inside of social constructs, but in actuality, music is not hierarchical. Songs are fluid and by creating music of this persuasion, "Always Fine" does not find Tullgren branching out so much as continuing a narrative that was already predetermined.
“At the end of the day, it’s all music. I have a band, and sometimes I make computer music, I play solo performances, I improvise freely, but it all lives under the same umbrella.”
I am setting Watching Him Fade Away because it ties the album up perfectly. Each track on the album is golden, evoking emotions about family that have come and gone through life. So much incredibly heavy sorrow, this album lightens the load with empathy, forgiveness and gratitude. 可愛梨
This album is so painfully beautiful. Julien's voice is delicately strained and her words paint vignettes that range from delicate somber memories to muted pain. The guitar tones and thin texture of the layering leave this album feeling very intimate and raw. Among the best things I've heard this past year. Jake Gussman