ViVii

The debut single ‘Siv (You and I)’ from Swedish ViVii – out today on Swedish independent label Dumont Dumont (Charlie Cunningham, RY X, JosinSean Christopher)
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Swedish dream-pop trio ViVii release their beautiful debut single ‘Siv (You & I) on March 23rd through Dumont Dumont (RY X, Charlie Cunningham, Josin, Sean Christopher). This will be the first single to be taken from their debut EP ‘Savant’ which will be released in late May.
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‘Siv (You & I)’ – a Lykke Li-flecked escapade pumped plump with harmonies and zither. It’s a bittersweet ode to the pains and joys that real life brings – you take the good with the bad and it reminds you that you’re still alive – and it’s dedicated to a special figure in the lives of Emil and Caroline (two thirds of ViVii): “We had this babysitter called Siv who looked after our kids for quite some while, but she passed away two years ago. She had an old zither she played in the church, and when she passed she left it to us. This is the first song we wrote on that zither – that’s why it’s called ‘Siv (You & I)’. It’s a hymn for her.”
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The trio is made up of Emil and Caroline Jonsson and their enigmatic work partner Anders Eckeborn. Speaking about their relationship Emil explains, “We work with another guy, but he doesn’t like the limelight at all…” “Anders is amazing, he loves all noises,” continues Caroline. “It took ages, we were so slow before, but once we met Anders it became easy – we are all slow workers individually but together it’s beautiful. It’s always so natural.”
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Caroline and Emil, who were born and raised in the coastal city of Gothenburg, met at summer camp as children and formed a strong, life-long bond that pulses powerfully decades later. Friendship swiftly blossomed into romance and by their late teens their were a couple; by their early twenties they were wed. The childhood sweethearts then embarked on a dream honeymoon to New York City, staying so long they had to traverse the Atlantic multiple times to renew visas. Eventually, funds dwindled and they had to find work, with Emil reviving his teenage modeling career to supplement their vacation of a lifetime – but that’s far from the end of the hurricane tale.
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A chance encounter at an Eric Roberson gig – part of their trip’s purpose was to absorb as much music as they could – led to a wild journey with soul sensation Tye Tribbett. An instant connection erupted between the trio (“he had a crazy energy,” says Emil), and they spent a few heady months touring the East Coast as part of his gospel choir and immersing themselves in a completely different lifestyle than they were used to, fulfilling one of Caroline’s lifetime goals in the process. But still, they weren’t done.
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Emil and Caroline lived a full, enviable life before deciding to relocate to Stockholm and focus on themselves. Life, of course, had different plans, and soon they were blessed with children; and this is where ViVii begins life in earnest. Perhaps surprisingly, young children didn’t derail musical ambitions – quite the opposite. “When the kids came we got to actually write and record,” explains Emil. “When they arrived the structure came into our lives. We knew we had to do it then.”
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So the duo got down to business on their own sounds, fusing tones and melodies and taking inspiration from the music of their youth: the old tunes crackling on grandparents’ vinyl records, hymns from church, indie-pop jewels, classical opuses (“Bach, of course,”) and gospel choirs. Still, something was missing…With Anders thrown into the mix, ViVii galloped into life: “he slowly but surely grew into our producer and a third member of ViVii.
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Although they tried to write lyrics about the world around them, the couple always found themselves sculpting tracks focused on their relationship and life together – and so a first EP, a four-track collection of dreamy, delirium-laced pop bolted thick with layers and gossamer strands, serves as a perfect introduction to their story. As Emil puts it: “These are the first songs we made when we started making music, and they have to come first… it’s our love story, it’s about me and Caroline.”
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It’s taken ViVii decades to reach this point – a fairytale ending with a full EP of glorious, gorgeous music to show for it. Everything has led them to a dizzy high; but this is no true end to anything – this is just the beginning and we start with the single ‘Siv (You and I)’.
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Release plan
March 23 – Siv (You and I)
May 25 – Savant EP
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Artist links
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/vivii.music/
Twitter https://twitter.com/Vivii_official
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/vivii.official
Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/viviiofficial
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PR:
Germany – info@verstaerker.com
Sweden – johannes@iles.se
ROW – info@dumontdumont.com
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