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Majken – Teenage Desires

Majken – Teenage Desires





Majken - Teenage Desires
Majken – Teenage Desires




Majken – Teenage Desires


Swedish newcomer Majken announces debut album and releases beautiful lead track ‘Teenage Desires’


Swedish newcomer Majken’s beautiful and poignant debut album ‘Young Believer’ is set for release on December 7th via Kollektivet Records. Born in the southern Swedish coastal town of Karlskrona, her debut album explores themes of teenage desire, uncertainly of the heart and mental health, experienced from both sides. Throughout the records 9 spine chilling and extraordinarily tracks, the songwriter and harpist documents teenage sadness through a very personal lens:

“I wanted the record to be intimate and beautiful. Some of the songs were written a long time ago and some I wrote during the making of the album. It’s been a long process and I’m glad to finally be able to put it out. Most of the songs on “Young Believer” are about sad teenagers and uncertainty, but it’s also about becoming a grown-up person.” Majken


‘Young Believer’ was recorded at her home in Malmo with Damon Tutunjian (Mew, Swirlies), a kindred spirit who appreciates the strange magic of lo-fi recordings almost as much as she does. Tutunjian allowed her to raid his collection of 70’s synthesizers and effects, which helped to shape the sound of the record. Debut single ‘Lovely Daughter’ was the oldest on the album and was about love and powerlessness. An ode to self-preservation, it was closely followed by ’This War Belongs To You,’ which brings Majken close to tears when she performs it live. New single and album lead track ‘Teenage Desires’ was the first song she wrote and played on harp, which she taught herself:

“Teenage Desires was the first song I wrote and played on harp. When we re-recorded it for the third time we were in a basement where we had to turn off all the lights to get rid of electrical humming. I barely saw what I was playing and the session went on until four in the morning. Damon fell asleep over the laptop twice while recording and I had the worst harp neck for the next few days. Teaching myself harp has been very interesting, and I’ve become aware of the body’s ability to self-adjust the playing technique in order to get rid of small noises and ugliness I wouldn’t notice when I first started playing. I still don’t know if I’m doing it right, but it doesn’t really matter. I’m glad we ended up using a take from that session!”



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