TUNE Maja Lena - Avalanche
Maja Lena releases ‘Avalanche’ on 10th November
Maja Lena is the solo moniker and Swedish name of Marianne Parrish, formerly of alt-folk band Low Chimes.
She brings us her debut single ‘Avalanche’ in which a personal experience and era in life coming to an end is metaphorically portrayed by an unsuccessful mountain expedition. Marianne explains:
“Avalanche tells a short albeit arduous tale of expectations vs reality. A long life lesson in this is mirrored in a failed hike up a mountain in the Lake District which inspired the song, involving a giant knee-deep bog and a thunderstorm. It is also about learning to accept things how they’ve turned out and having to let go of our mind pictures.”
Even when returning to the mountain on a holiday weekend to shoot the music video for ‘Avalanche’, a peak brimming with stay-cationers put an end to film-maker Tom Jacob’s vision of filming Marianne as she reached the summit. The resulting video is nonetheless breathtaking as it flickers between her journey and a rose-tinted dreamscape she filmed throughout the day on her super-8 camera.
Since her teens, for 15 years with Low Chimes (and various iterations of the band), Maja Lena experienced some of the highs and lows that the music world has to offer. Low Chimes enjoyed exposure performing live sessions on both Marc Riley's show on BBC Radio 6 Music, and Loose Ends with Clive Anderson on BBC Radio 4. They also toured extensively, and played at numerous festivals such as Glastonbury, Greenman, Festival No.6, Truck, Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling.
Driven by Marianne's unique vocal delivery and depth of emotion, this record teaches of life challenges and lessons, existentialism, escapism, musings of alternate realms and of our relationships with time.
The recording process for the new material took place under the nurturing gaze of producer and former bandmate Rob Pemberton, who brought his extensive artillery of creative talents to the table to help shape the record into its cogent form. They recorded at Rob's home studio in Stroud, relishing the comfort of familiar surroundings from their time together in Low Chimes.
Maja Lena’s ‘Avalanche’ is therefore not a debut in the traditional sense, yet the latest progression in Marianne Parrish’s musical journey. Her songs here take a shape that is more rounded and mature, without losing an openness and curiosity for sonic exploration.
‘Avalanche’ by Maja Lena is out on 10th November via Chiverin.