Sea Lion – “Room”
Linn Osterberg of Gothenburg, Sweden makes gorgeous, tentative folk music as Sea Lion. “Room” is the first song I’ve heard from her, and I’m already working backward, eager to hear what else she’s been quietly releasing. In fact, last year Osterberg put out two EPs — Cobra Eyes in June and Big Moon EP (Early Songs) in October — and she is currently prepping her debut LP. Her voice treats every word like a tender, precious thing; she sings as though caressing each phrase before it leaves her mouth. “Room” is only spare, somber piano in a sea of white noise, and her probing, tenuous voice. Like Lykke Li, Osterberg’s phrasing is thick and slurry, with a childlike innocence to it. There’s an unmistakable air of the maternal in this song — the feeling of crying in your mother’s arms, sad but safe in a fragile, firm embrace. Listen below.