Indie electro pop singer/songwriter and producer Nanna Øland Fabricius started her professional music career in a rather unconventional fashion in comparison to most contemporary musicians as she had a ten year ballet career that was shortened after an injury. Unable to dance professionally, Fabricus sought ways to be creative and keep performance as part of her life, and as a result she began writing and recording material in her bedroom.
Under the moniker of Oh Land, Fabricus released her debut effort, Fauna to critical applause; in fact, the singer/songwriter wound up spending the last four years touring internationally to support her debut effort and its successful releases – and adding to a growing international profile, she opened for the likes of Katy Perry and fellow blogosphere darling, Sia.
Fabricus’ fourth album, Earth Sick was released last fall, and the album reportedly continues her already developed reputation for a lush production style that paired symphonic instrumentation with layers upon layers of synths; however, the album’s first single “Head Up High,” which was written to encourage a friend, who was going through a particularly difficult time is actually a slickly produced, propulsive synth-based dance track that bears a resemblance to Cut Copy and Little Boots. And much like those acts, “Head Up High” has an infectiously anthemic chorus and hook – you can picture people shouting along to the chorus and hook while at the club or while catching Fabricus perform the song live.
Lyrically, the song encourages the listener to keep on going because the tough times won’t last for long. Certainly, some of us out there need to have that message through a big club rocking song.
The official video features the stunningly beautiful Fabricus in a small, basement apartment signing and dancing to the song before she starts breaking up everything in sight – it expresses both despair, fury and the desire to survive and fight,