German new wave with a millennial twist: “Sofia Portanet”

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Sofia Portanet has created a huge hype around her in the past year with her first 4 singles and performances at festivals Reeperbahn Festival, Synasthesie Festival and Eurosonic. Expectations for debut album “Freier Geist” where therefor high. But Portanet came, saw and suprised pleasantly with her outstanding unique sound: Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave) and post punk with a contemporary twist.

Sofia Portanet about the song “Freier Geist/ Free Ghost”: “This song initiated the whole process of this record. It was originally written in German (“Freier Geist”) and starts with a poem a friend wrote for me. It’s those lines and the profound meaning they had for me that made me feel like singing and writing in German for the first time ever. I wanted to respond to that poem and wrote the rest of the lyrics. The song is about transience, the quest of love and self-definition….A ghost that doesn’t really exist. It appears and disappears. It’s not bound to earthly matters. It’s everywhere and nowhere at the same time. It’s free. Or maybe that’s why it’s not?” (full article here)

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