Swedish alt-rockers Pale Honey have released new single Set Me Free, the first new music from the band since 2017 album Devotion, and comes ahead of their third album which is slated for a February 2020 release.
Set Me Free started as a mere sketch in the early days of Pale Honey but has since been transformed into “a lead track about freeing yourself from others’ comments and opinions”, says drummer, Nelly Daltrey. Musically somewhere inbetween light 80’s disco and sad 90’s indie, it balances this feeling on a knife-edge throughout.
Songwriter and guitarist Tuva Lodmark said of the track: “To me, the song symbolizes the emotions following a recent break-up. I was pissed and bitter, and at the same time regretful and sad. There was also an energy in me that was about to explode. I couldn’t be still, couldn’t sit at home, I had to go out and constantly meet new people. Everything had to happen, and it needed to happen all at once. The danceable element of the song represents the stage in a separation where you’re rediscovering yourself. Or simply going out into the night and not getting home until dawn.”
Pale Honey’s third album is, as well as their earlier work, produced by Anders Lagerfors. The journey to release has not been plane sailing, says Daltrey: “It’s been tough as hell getting there, to be honest, but no matter what the road has been like, we have to bring it out into the light. We need to be able to write and play while having those doubts and horrible moments.”
Photo by Jasmin Storch
Pale Honey – Set Me Free