We Hold In We Hunger

by Varja Ponjo

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We dare you to step into the desolate, electricity crackling world of Varja Ponjo! "We Hold In We Hunger" is the first single from the new musical project of Swedish musician and songwriter Thella Johnson. An energetically grinding lovesong for the outcasts; for all who live, dream and love outside the narrow paths of normality. A song whose sonic landscape lies inbetween minimalistic lo-fi rock and elecronic pop - into which a brightly longing piano suddenly makes its entrance, seemingly saying ”Come on, follow me, here you’ll be welcome!”

Johnson herself described the track and its creation process like this: ”We Hold In We Hunger is a song about desire. Secret, forbidden desire. Protagonist is a leader of sorts, a preacher even. Not classic male, not classic female, a steaming entity, a body and soul creature roaming around emptied streets, gathering the likeminded to follow them on a journey, repeating their truth:

We'll soon be on the way
Going where they won't let us stay

It was clear to me it would be a lovesong for outsiders when I wrote it. That whole feeling as a teen. You're burning with needs and hauling your secrets with you."

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You think I never preach
I think you wish I never did
Then you would have to listen
to what I have to teach
Whether you are a faint heart
Whether you are a freak
Hauling all our secrets
Indeed
Indeed

We hold in we hunger
We hold in we hunger

You think I have a dick
I think you wish I had a dick
And maybe I wish
You were more like me
More like me
These trenches are for cowards
Burning in their needs
Hauling all their secrets
Indeed
Indeed

We hold in we hunger
We hold in we hunger
We hold in we hunger
We hold in we hunger

We’ll soon be on the way
Going where they won’t let us stay
We’ll soon be on the way
Going where they won’t let us stay

We hold in we hunger
We hold in we hunger
We hold in we hunger

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released June 9, 2020
Varja Ponjo (vocals, programming)
Mikael Nilsson (drums)
Petter Bergander (piano, synth)
Fredrik Åberg (guitar)

Written by Thella Johnson
Produced by Varja Ponjo and Petter Bergander
Recorded at Brottby Studion
Mixed and mastered by Fredrik Stålne
Released on Brottby Records

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Varja Ponjo Stockholm, Sweden

Varja Ponjo is the stage name of Swedish composer, writer and artist Thella Johnson. "We Hold In We Hunger" is the first single from her upcoming debut album and released on Brottby Records. Johnson, who was born in Stockholm in a Finnish migrant family in 1979, has played in different underground, mainly triphop and electro-punk bands, since her teens. Varja Ponjo is her latest musical project. ... more

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