(I'll get the magazine next week and I'll translate the interview then)
Now Loreen's new album will come, Heal is a cleansing of her system, but it is also about acceptance and ”forgiveness”. To be healed. We met the artist that talks about spirits, the weight of being quiet and the loss of a father.
It is stormy on Strandvägen. Umbrellas are used as shields, hair gets messy and water sipper into holes in well used shoes. Inside of Hotel Diplomat, Me and the photographer shakes hand with Loreen´s press contact, he shivers from the cold. Right then I'm relieved that i succeeded to prevent my text messages where I was talking about ”Porren” (porren means "the porn" in swedish...).
The thing is that my phone wants to autocorrect ”Loreen”. ”How will things work with Porren” ”When will I get the interview with Poreen?” But the atmosphere is friendly now. When we wait for the main character we curse about the weather and cheap useless umbrellas, like every Swede does on these kind of days. Then Loreen comes.
-I love this weather, she says without any tone of irony. She hangs her two jackets over a armchair. It is energy. I think it got to do with what body type you are. You can be vata, kapha or pitta. I am pitta, we can´t handle heat, because pitta is so damn much fire.
She sits down in the sofa and puts one leg over the other. She has shoes that has over 10 cm plateau.
- Can we get any feelings here then? She asks and looks around.
We sit in what is called the library in Hotel Diplomat. Along side the wall there's a bookcase with whiskey bottles and old books that are brown and red.
- Do you understand how haunted this house is, she says and I ask if she believes in ghosts.
- I believe in spirits. You should not forget i belong to the Berber. You believe in Spirits in Morocco. You believe that if the body dies the soul have two choices, to stay or move on. The ones choosing to move on, where do they go?
- Good question, i am going to tell you! She says, laughs and then get serious again. You say that you move on to another form, where there is no time. The body is pretty heavy, we have to experience a lot of pain, there is a lot of things we need to fight with in this life. You probably think ”In this life?, What kind of shit is this?” right now.
The recorder on the glass-table show 4 minutes of recording time. We have already talked about life after dead. I was thinking about to start with the easy questions: like those about her first album that is going to be released in October, and what she has been doing after the Eurovision. But Loreen is spiritual and gladly talk about it. She thinks that the big religions are the "same story". She believes in a life after death, in the soul. And things that give away good energy. You do not have to call it God. ”Spirituality, pang, there it is!”
But now I ask about the upcoming album anyway.
People have heard ”My heart is refusing me” and ”Euphoria”, I think they will be pretty surprised when they hear the album. It is more grown up and much darker, trashier. It is not just dance music, not in the form we are use to hear. It is movie-like and dramatic, with a lot of instruments. And got very personal stories. The texts are about relationships: unhappy love, cheating, separations anxiety, intimacy, things that she or people that she is surrounded by have been through. The album is round up with the song that got the same title as the album - ”Heal”
- It is about acceptance, forgiveness and to move on. It is like the whole album is like a cleansing, you know… therapy. Lorine Zeineb Nora Talhaoui was born 16 of October 29 years ago at Danderyd hospital. Her dad and mum came to Sweden from Morocco. They were Berber- ” a collective name for North Africa and the Sahara none-abiska population”, according to National Encyclopedia. The father had been political active in Morocco and a diplomat. He saw that his future family would have a better future somewhere else. This place came to be Åkersberga in Stockholm. Loreen lived there the first 6 years of her life. Pretty rustic - ”among bird song, not sirens” Then her parents separated. Her mother was young, she was 16 when Loreen was born. She had seven smaller siblings and became little of a ”little mother”.
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