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sir Was: Heaven is here

Joel Wästberg, known to his fans as sir Was, has just released his debut album, ‘Digging A Tunnel’. Written and performed entirely by the Gothenburg-based multi-instrumentalist, it’s a highly personal collection of songs blending hip-hop, soul, and electronica, drawing inspiration from the likes of Moondog, My Bloody Valentine, and D’Angelo via Sly and the Family Stone, The Beatles, and Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Ahead of his performance at Birthdays, he tells us about recording the LP, learning to play everything from sax to drums, the thrill of South Africa’s minibus taxis, having a machine gun pointed at him during a border crossing, playing in José González’ band, and the “zone” of live performance.

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Sir Was ‘Digging A Tunnel’ to Birthdays

Sir Was continues the build-up to his debut album by unveiling the single ‘Revoke’.

The unorthodox take on hip-hop, soul, and electronica follows ‘In The Midst’, also taken from the forthcoming ‘Digging A Tunnel’.

Due for release on 10 March, the LP will be supported by a European tour that includes a stop at Birthdays in Dalston on 11 April.

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