Track of the Day: sir Was & Casper Clausen “Flyder” (2020)

Flyder

“Flyder” is the striking new single from Gothenburg-based artist and producer sir Was. The new release was created in collaboration with Casper Clausen, the lead singer of experimental Danish post-rockers Efterklang. 

The new single started life as a small sketch last year, when sir Was, real name Joel Wästberg, joined up with Clausen and Efterklang whilst they were recording in Copenhagen last year. Since then, the duo bounced the song back and forth between themselves, before it was finally completed back in Gothenburg, with Wästberg adding his signature live drums and production touches. 

The result is a track that is bright, bold and full of warmth, whilst Clausen’s vocal injects a sense of tenderness and the ethereal. Sung entirely in Danish, the song, which translates to “Floating”, is described by Clausen as “a song to the stream that carries our boat, a celebration and a fear for the metaphysical place where we decide to stay and grow our roots, our home on a floating dock, a moving hub and a made-up flower of all the things we give importance. When you manage to let go on your own power of control, when you are floating and staying at the same time.”

Make of that what you will, but one thing’s for sure “Flyder” is a sumptuous feast for the ears, give it a spin below. 

“Flyder” Lyrics (Translated):

The joy of a place
Thousands of thoughts
Everything flows
You especially

The joy of a place
Thousands are trapped
The bird goes with it
Forget them

through Travel
Nothing is anymore

The joy of a place
Thousands are together
Everything flows
You especially

The joy of a place
Through Travel
Nothing is anymore
Floats, floats… gone

“Flyder” is available now. You can find sir Was on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Meanwhile, you can also keep up to date with Casper Clausen and Efterklang via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Header Image: Karin Hedberg

Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.

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