Miriam Bryant’s previous single Rocket saw the rising star begin to be discovered all over the world after previously accumulating 200 million track streams in the Nordic nations. Her next step towards international recognition comes with today’s release of her new track Black Car together with an accompanying video.
Black Car was initially released in Miriam Bryant’s homeland of Sweden where it became one of the biggest smash hits of recent years. It peaked at #2 during a nine-week run in the Top 10 as it reached 5 x Platinum status, and eventually won Song of the Year at the nation’s prestigious P3 Guld award ceremony.
One listen to the track demonstrates exactly why Black Car both connected with such a huge audience and will continue to be discovered in the near future. Combining power, poise and nuanced emotion, Miriam’s vocal is a world class talent. Meanwhile her lyrics explore the promise and subsequent breakdown of a new relationship with a fiery, independently minded spirit.
Miriam explains, “Black Car represents the place we met – the club we always go back to and where we had our first kiss. It’s the moment when you look at me like nobody has ever looked at me before, and the moment you know you’re in love. But it’s also the arguments, the passion, the tears. It’s when you’ve given up but you don’t want to leave. It’s the realisation that nothing is forever.”
The brand new video for the track was directed by Oscar Sansom (Biffy Clyro, The Amazons) for The Forest In Black. It’s rich in striking and often surreal imagery which reflects the emotional turbulence of the lyrics.
Born in Gothenburg to an English father and a Finnish mother, Miriam Bryant’s interests cross right across the musical spectrum. Her emo years inspired a love of the Swedish punk scene, but she appreciates the greats of every genre, from Eminem, Frank Sinatra and Pink Floyd through to classic singer-songwriters BobDylan and Neil Young.
Inspired by a bad relationship, ‘Finders Keepers’ became Miriam’s first homeland hit, but bigger things were waiting on the horizon when she featured on Zedd’strack ‘Find You’ which found a huge international audience when it appeared on the soundtrack to sci-fi smash ‘Divergent’. It took Miriam, Zedd and fellow featured artist Matthew Koma on a whirlwind of a promo tour – the MTV Movie Awards, Jimmy Kimmel and more.
Although she enjoyed the experience, being part of a trio made Miriam realise that she wanted to focus on her solo career. She soon achieved multiple Top 10 singles in Sweden as well as two huge EPs. The ‘Hisingen och Hem Igen’ EP saw all six tracks simultaneously chart at Spotify, and she returned to the charts in style with last year’s ‘Bye Bye Blue’ EP.
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