Gretel’s ‘Far Out’ Is A Window Into Her World

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Alt-pop voice Gretel returns with new single ‘Far Out’.

The singer made waves as Gretel Hänlyn, before opting to shorten her name. The reinvigorated Gretel launches a new chapter in her life with a headline show at London’s Omeara on Thursday (June 11th).

New single ‘Far Out’ is a window into her world, with Gretel opting to write in her “sarcastic, rebellious” voice. Co-produced by pop wunderkind mura masa, it’s an instantly catchy track, with her biting lyrics offset by some super melodies.

Released via her own imprint Breadcrumb Records, in partnership with AWAL Recordings, ‘Far Out’ presents Gretel in her fully independent era.

She comments…

‘Far Out’ is a big window into my personality and my favourite bits of the writing process; it’s aloof and came from a kinda sarcastic, rebellious place. There’s elements in the song that I never thought would make the Final Cut, like the loud, constant beeping, but once I started conceptualising the deadpan dancing in the music video, I realised those elements only added more personality.

I had an idea a long time ago that I wanted to do a weird dance for a music video but I was waiting for a suitable song to whip out my moves. Alex was actually the one to show me the iconic Bob Fosse club dance scene in his film ‘Sweet Charity’, said it looked like something I’d do, and I was dazzled. The music video pays homage to that scene, and I used styling as a direct nod to Suzanne Charny’s character. This song is the first of many more.

A full video for ‘Far Out’ is also online – directed by Maisy Banks and produced by creative director duo The Reids, the surreal-yet-chic clip pays homage to Bob Fosse’s legendary dancehall scene in ‘Sweet Charity’. 

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