“The Bird (Interesting to See)” is a minimalistic undertaking, sparsely arranged with piano and voice, at times accompanied by a lone mellotron.
Moneira fits rightly within the Scandinavian Folk ballad traditions in the likes of Ane Brun, Frida Hyvönen or Stina Nordenstam.
What are we but the sum of the experiences we carry within? Often we search to find acceptance for who we are, but shy away from the hidden parts that linger beneath the surface. “There is a deeper level to this,” as Moneira, or Daniela Dahl, sings in her debut single Colour Vision, first released on Playground Music Scandinavia last year. It is a raw, daring and honest musical world that the Stockholm-based singer-songwriter invites us into. In her new single The Bird (Interesting to See),from her forthcoming album, Daniela takes us on an introspective journey, guiding us through a world of innate emotion with her rich voice. Each pause in the piano or voice seems to ponder life itself, leaving the listener wondering where this road will lead next.
Daniela grew up in Stockholm in a middle-class suburban home. The Bird (Interesting to See) is the first step at coming to terms with what she herself would label as a dysfunctional childhood; she is frank about difficult emotions and dark thought patterns hidden behind a polished exterior. In Daniela’s own words ”seeing without judging”. Since a young age, music has been Daniela’s constant companion. She took classical piano lessons as a child but eventually quit, though she never stopped composing. As an adult she studied at the Gotland School of Music Composition. More importantly, music has remained a life-line for her to process feelings, sometimes alone, sometimes on a couch with her mother.
Moneira fits rightly within the Scandinavian Folk ballad traditions in the likes of Susanne Sundfør or Eva Dahlgren, but has a distinct melancholic tonality to her. The Bird (Interesting to See) is a minimalistic undertaking, sparsely arranged with piano and voice, at times accompanied by a lone mellotron.
The single has been produced and mixed by Tobias Fröberg, famous for his work with Ane Brun and Frida Hyvönen, and mastered by Frida Claeson Johansson. Moneira invites us to let things be as they are, in their truest form: Wretchedness and Beauty, side by side, reminding us that life in colour vision is one of contrast and tension.