Born in a small, fishing village outside of Umea, in Northern Sweden, singer, songwriter and cellist Cajsa Siik’s creative path eventually had her heading towards her current hometown of Stockholm, where she became known not just for her own songwriting but also for collaborating with artists such as Brigit Bidder, Montt Mardie, Amanda King and Jorgen Kjellgren.
Siik’s debut effort, Plastic House was released to critical acclaim and commercial success in her native Sweden as the album’s first single “Was I Supposed To” received regular rotation for five weeks on her native country’s national radio station P3, the British station, Amazing Radio and Stateside on Insomnia Radio.
Her sophomore (and latest) album, Contra has been receiving a bit of attention thanks to the release of several singles that have been well-received. The album’s first single “The Fix” was featured on 100 songs last November; “Relentless Delight,” the album’s second single was a sparsely arranged track comprised of gently chiming gongs reminiscent of the David Bowie/Iggy Pop song “China Girl“ as though covered by Fiona Apple or Tori Amos thanks to dramatic, off-kilter and undulating percussion (thanks to drums and handclaps) and piano. The album’s third and latest single “Higher” is a seductive bit of a R&B-based pop which further reveals Siik’s sensual and yet vulnerable vocals, paired with equally sinuous guitar, synths and percussion led by handclaps. But unlike the album’s previous single, which evoked something much more ominous beneath the surface, “Higher” is far more breezier and more more pop-focused — to the point of being ethereal yet soulful and radio friendly.
The official video is a visual delight as it has a pair of modern and very expressionistic dancers an their routine manages to emphasize the vulnerability and hopefulness that’s expressed within the song in a way that’s fitting.