“I have tried it all / I’ve thrown myself against the walls / Screamed out in my sleep / Fromm all those secrets you asked me to keep.” With this heart-wrenching lyrics, Fie Eike sets the tone of her new single, Sad, a raw and emotional song that calls for “emotional sustainability as a prerequisite for a deeper and more meaningful relationship to ourselves and the world around us.”
The Denmark-born and based singer and songwriter shares her second single this year after releasing The Nile back in January. Both songs are part of her upcoming debut album, set to release later this year. The up-and-coming singer is also a multidisciplinary artist who expresses herself through visual work and photography, stating that visual expression “is an integral part and extension” of her writing and composition process.
Inspired by the nature she was surrounded by growing up, especially the Danish forests  the coastline of The North Sea and the fjords and mountain landscapes of Norway (her parents are Norwegian), her new single Sad is just like those childhood memories and her personal musings on emotional sustainability. “Nature there is very raw, sparse and temperamental especially during the winter months, with strong winds and large powerful waves that continue to shape the coastline, while the wide sandy beaches, the sky and the ocean melt into each other, becoming one. For me, Sad and our deepest emotions have a similar movement as the powerful yet vulnerable sensibility and volatility of nature,” Fie shares. “ Just like the waves washing away all footprints and traces in the sand over time, the connection to our challenging emotions and tears can help us heal our wounds over time.”
Sad was written and recorded in a matter of hours, she explains, from a stream of consciousness and emotional expression and reflection. The result is a powerful ballad where the honest lyrics are paired with Fie Elke’s emotional vocals and a piano as the accompanying instrument. Speaking further of the song, the Danish-based artist says: “We live in a time where there is a sort of allergy towards challenging emotions. There seems to be a misconception that challenging emotions somehow limit our productivity and wellbeing when in fact it is quite the opposite. Because at the end of the day, everything that is unresolved eventually seeps out through the cracks and ends up controlling our subconscious, hindering our wellbeing and causing hurt not only in our personal lives but also on a more structural, collective level. If we dare to feel and be present with our deepest most challenging emotions, we give ourselves the chance to heal.”