Mr Little Jeans Shares New Music; Listen Here
July 2, 2018 BY Nettwerk
Norway’s Mr Little Jeans (Monica Birkenes) returns today with her highly anticipated new track, “Forgetter,” premiering on The Line of Best Fit.
With glitchy textures and a slow-building bass line, sonically “Forgetter” is dripping in a noir aesthetics, but like a stunning juxtaposition, has been layered with lyrics that bring a sense of hope – “Forgetter” is here to remind you that even after the most brutal of break-ups, everything is going to be ok. Birkenes elaborated on the meaning behind the track; “I wrote ‘Forgetter’ after a devastating break-up. I was severely depressed. But once I accepted how toxic the relationship had been, my mental state did a 180, almost overnight. I suddenly felt like I had superpowers. ‘Forgetter’ is about this journey and the belief that you will survive a fall — no matter how dark.”
The return of Mr Little Jeans comes 2 years in the making and follows the release of her critically acclaimed 2016 EP F E V E R S, which saw the now LA-based artist play a sold-out tour across the United States. Since then, she’s been in and out of the studio, writing and recording her next full-length effort.
Her breakout song was a moody and contemplative cover of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs,” which has gone on to rack up millions of plays across DSPs, but it was her first full-length effort, Pocketknife that saw Mr Little Jeans carve out her own lane. Blending Scandinavian cool with passionate narrative and lyrics, the 2014 LP had tastemakers falling head over heels for her sweeping melodies and garnered attention from NPR, FADER, NYLON and more and was scooped up to tour with SOHN across the United States. Her songs have been placed in movies like 21 Jump Street and shows like Gossip Girl and most recently, the trailer for Marvel’s Runaways.
Born and raised in the woodsy, seaside town of Grimstad, Norway, Mr Little Jeans spent her childhood immersed in music, be it the sounds of her mother’s guitar or Simon & Garfunkel records. She grew up in the church choir, learned piano and guitar, amassed singing competition wins throughout the Norse countryside. Absorbing early influences ranging from Mariah Carey, PJ Harvey, and Massive Attack, she sublimated and synthesized the ability to sing in a way that makes you freeze, as though time was momentarily stopped and you’re unsure whether you want to dance or ruminate.
“Forgetter” is available now via Nettwerk Records.