Swimmers In The Arctic Sea, was made for humanity

“Beating Hearts” is a song about how taking on the world alone is a fools attempt.  The world needs to come together for the good of humankind.  “Beating Heart” is the start of a folk album from 2016 that features Laura Rafetseders songwriting.  A standout from the album is the violin/fiddle players parts which are skillful and a create little hooks for the listeners ears to grab onto.  Swimmers In The Arctic Sea features great lyrical content, skillful musicianship, and a solid amount of artistic integrity.  This music wasn’t made for top 40 commercial radio Swimmers In The Arctic Sea was made for humanity.


“​There is an island called Loneliness (остров Уединения, or Ensomheden) amidst the cold of the Kara Sea, which is part of the Arctic Sea. The island and its surrounding waters are background to “Swimmers in the Arctic Sea”, second album of singer songwriter Laura Rafetseder.

A major theme of the album is the contradiction of being seperate and one at the same time, both on a personal level as well as on a political and social level. As far as society is concerned, it is solidarity and isolation that form the two antipodes. All of us are “Swimmers in the Arctic Sea”, lost in the isolating chill of our times, headed for our very own island called Loneliness. Yet, there is also the longing for unity and a tendency towards solidarity in the global struggles of a crisis ridden world.

Laura on Laura:

Once upon a time a little songstress fell in love with music listening to her songwriter dad’s piano (he used to put music to anglo-american poets’ poems), her mum singing lullabies and generally being raised on her parents records (dylan, stones, joni mitchell,…). At 8 an old tape of a radio show called „the roaring 60s“ made a lasting impression – she decided to become a revolutionary (the tape started with „hippies, beat, riots, revolution,…“ and sounded very exciting). She also went on to inhale pop music history, became a beatles freak at 13, wearing only grey (it was the early 90s,you know), reading emily bronte and climbing trees. At 14 though she hijacked her dad’s guitar, learned how to play and started writing songs (well… she didnt write her own lyrics at first but exploited her dad’s poetry books and put new musical clothes to w.h. auden, t.s. eliot and the like). The lyrics started to flow at 18, when she moved to vienna and took to the open mic scene there. With her band the comrats she recorded the ep make me whole again in 2006. Laura & the comrats critically acclaimed debut cd” creating memories” was released in April 2010. At the moment Laura is taking a break from the band. In November 2012 she released her solo debut the minor key club on Lindo Records. A second album, swimmers in the arctic sea was released in autumn 2016. “So much for that. As for my songs, they are an attempt to see through the mess that i make out of my life sometimes (and thus embrace it). i love catchy tunes as well as good metaphors and images, there’s nothing better… a constant theme are dialectics and contradictions – good and bad, dream and reality, up and down, bitter and sweet…. always been fascinated by the contradiction of sadness and happyness in popmusic – cos the great songs touch a nerve, make you happy and sad, usually both at the same time.”


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