Drew Sycamore has emerged as Denmark’s brightest new talent. She has achieved three consecutive #1 singles (including a 16 week run at the top for ‘I Wanna Be Dancing’ and another 7 for ‘45 Fahrenheit Girl’) on the official Danish Radio Chart, and also earned key nominations at the Danish Music Awards (Best New Act and Best New Live Act) and the ZULU Awards (Best New Act). Her success made her album ‘Sycamore’, released last week, the nation’s most anticipated set of the year.
Now Drew Sycamore looks set to take her domestic success global as she introduces herself to the UK with the new single ‘Jungle’. LISTEN HERE. It’s a natural place for the half Welsh, half Danish artist to start, having previously lived in the UK for several years.
‘Jungle’ represents a compelling first look at Drew’s talents. It’s a track rich with contradictory contrasts: it’s a future-facing pop production that bursts with throwback nostalgia, her potent vocal prowess complemented by an ‘80s tinged synth-pop aesthetic. The song’s palpable sense of yearning is further focused by its lyrics, which leave the uncertainties of potential new love to fate.
“I wrote ‘Jungle’ last summer, where I found myself in a particularly melancholy mood,” says Drew. “I was in love and not in love at the same time, and everything felt so overwhelming. Life has a funny way of sorting itself out and the emotion that came out in ‘Jungle’ was this feeling of falling backwards off a cliff into the deep sea. I had to just float and surrender to things unfolding by themselves.”
The single also offers an insight into Drew’s visual style via its official video. It was directed by Andreas Landgaard, and the duo created a concept in which Drew was faced with a clone of herself. The resulting visual mixes body horror and dystopian sci-fi to pose questions about identity and self-worth.
She adds, “I loved the idea of creating a visual context of what self-love could look like. There are many different aspects to my personality, but accepting them for what they are rather than gagging them makes me feel like I’m moving forward. It’s about letting go of the past and making the most of what comes next.”
‘Jungle’ continues Drew’s talent for blending sweet sonics with dark visuals after the vampire themed ‘45 Fahrenheit Girl’. The song built on the success of last summer’s breakthrough chart-topper ‘Take It Back’.
Drew Sycamore was raised in the Danish countryside near the small city of Hobro. Her mother and grandmother had both lived in Wales and London, and their stories made the UK feel like a home away from home – and her grandmother’s tale of going on a date with Mick Jagger is one that never gets old. Her first success in music came as part of the electronica duo DREWXHILL, whose supporters included Pete Tong, Skrillex and Jamie XX.
The loss of her mother was a shattering experience, which resulted in Drew losing focus on her career. In time, however, she embarked upon a rebirth, using her art form and lyrics to express herself. The process started in London but gained traction when she returned to Copenhagen and connected with the local creative community. The first project that was released under her own name was her 2019 debut album ‘Brutal’, before things went stratospheric with her latest tracks.