Becky & The Birds release debut single ‘Holding On’ amidst feelings of sexism and self doubt

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Swedish singer and producer Becky & The Birds has today released her debut single ‘Holding On’.



The track is a gigantic swooning sound production, self written and produced by Thea Gustafsson. The young musician breaks through musical barriers with an ear for rumbling trip hop and R&B with seductive vocal emphasis, making 'Holding On' a continuous play and repeat track. 

Dear Thea, never stop what you're doing.

- Annie Raman | Starved editor

 

 

The result of 'holding On' is similar to the likes of SZA, Solange or Ella Fitzgerald and has reached the ears of musicians 

Becky & The Birds is the moniker of Thea Gustafsson, the 21-year-old from Örebro who writes, produces and sings all of her own music and attended the prestigious Musikmakarna Songwriters Academy of Sweden, which kickstarted the careers of LÉON and Skott.

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Thea has already clocked up millions of streams as a topline vocalist in high profile collaborations, however these relentless sessions with all-male producers began to grate on her. “I always had this voice inside me—society’s voice—that was like ‘No, you can't, 'cos you're a girl, that's for the boys’” she explains.

 

“I was like, I can't do this any more—having all these dudes mansplaining, sitting with their spread legs,” Thea says. “I was just so frustrated. When you have a really clear vision yourself, it's difficult to compromise. 

 

At one particularly bad session with a producer  “I felt the whole panic that you feel when you think you're not good enough“ – it led her to develop a whole new guise; Becky & The Birds.

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Taking responsibility for production, Becky & The Birds sees Thea in full control of her work, rejecting the pop saturated sound of her native Sweden and resulting in a true-to-self, multifaceted project.

Where pop tends to value visibility, Becky & The Birds favours obscurity. Casting a new personal signature with Becky & The Birds, Thea expresses her unique, genuine experiences in a sensual new sound.


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