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sir Was


sir WasSE


Following myriad musical and travel experiences throughout his early life, multi-instrumentalist Joel Wästberg emerged under the pseudonym sir Was with a fluid approach to his genre-bending music. Molding his songs from hip-hop beats, textural synths, pop structures, and ambient production flourishes, his wide-ranging musical identity was showcased on albums like his 2017 debut Digging a Tunnel and 2021’s Let the Morning Come.

The artist recorded his debut record, Digging a Tunnel, between autumn 2014 and spring 2015, playing all the instruments himself. In the run-up to its early-2017 release, sir Was first put out his 2016 EP Says Hi; the set featured the single “A Minor Life,” which would appear again on Digging a Tunnel. The material hinted at the multitude of styles and influences Wästberg drew from, incorporating bagpipes, synths, samples, and his own sweet and fragile vocals. Second album Holding on to a Dream materialized in 2019. It was preceded by the release of lead single “Deployed,” a collaboration with Little Dragon. The following year, sir Was delivered the EP Letter, while also being diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. Refocusing his outlook, he started to write his third album, informed by his newly diagnosed condition. Preceding the record, sir Was issued the collaborative EP Marasi with Falle Nioke in April 2021. He finally released Let the Morning Come later that year.

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