Nearly two years have passed since producer and composer Niklas Paschburg presented his debut album ‘Oceanic’ to the world. Dubbed ‘one of the most beautiful records of 2018’ by NPR, the now 25-year-old has a lot to live up to, and new single ‘If’ does not disappoint. After completing a full schedule of lives shows across the globe, he chose Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole as its birthplace. He then took these compositions to Andy Barlow of Lamb (U2 and Willie Nelson) in Brighton, and they worked together to record, produce and mix. ‘If’ it into its final state. The track plots a marker in time and points towards an upcoming second album which will arrive in early 2020.

The new single ‘If’ was created in one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, the remote islands and their rapidly changing landscapes indicating the more immediate and visible effects of climate change. This ever-present theme resonates with Niklas – one which he holds close in his heart and mind. With temperatures never peaking above minus twenty degrees Celsius, sunlight hours are numbered at zero, an “inhospitable and uncomfortable” place to convalesce. The track articulates the traces which these remote environments have left in Niklas’ mind – something pressing is present in the music, its urgency roams searching for sources of energy and relief. All these impressions come from a piece of music which is both melancholic and positive, something to cradle us from anxieties, to make us both dance and run.

‘If’ is out now for streaming and download.