Finnish born, London based artist Sätilä has released his stunning debut EP ‘on the verge of something’, completed by the brand new lead single ‘4AM’.
His first body of work, ‘on the verge of something’ is a collection of six tracks that showcase the breadth and depth of Sätilä’s music. Including two new, unheard tracks, and four previously released songs, the EP is the perfect introduction to the rising alternative pop artist. Moving from indie to left-leaning pop to electronic music, the EP draws inspiration from contemporaries such as Tame Impala, MGMT, Foster the People, Lykke Li, Maggie Rogers, Bon Iver and James Blake, among others.
The soaring new lead single ‘4AM’, a fusion of indie and synth pop with a massive chorus, is accompanied by a beautiful video, depicting the restlessness of a sleepless night through dance. Filmed in Berlin in June, just as the city was emerging from lockdown, the video was directed by Glashier (Bonobo, Dream Wife and Vök) and stars the dancer Juan Tiardo. “The song is about sleeplessness at night caused by worries of the future or life decisions” explains Sätilä, “Personally, I feel like this has been more relevant now than probably ever before. I’m just about to graduate from university and try to find my place in this crazy world in this crazy time. These seasons of transition are sometimes the hardest.”
Having traditionally followed an alternative rock path working in bands, it was Sätilä’s move to London last year which opened his mind to a shift in sounds for his own music. “Moving to London had freed my mind to not think about my music too commercially, suffocating creativity and appreciating my background in alternative rock. I had already worked on ‘Like You Do’ and ‘4AM’ back in Finland with the guys from electronic folk duo Lake Jons. They kind of told me to get rid of the acoustic guitar and switch to electric guitars while pushing me more into the world of electronic music. That was the beginning of the process of liberating me from the folk rock, singer-songwriter space I was in when I first started releasing music”
Tune into the full EP below.