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Penny Police on new album: Believe in your inner voice
In both title and tone the new album from Penny Police is bursting with hope.

With ’Be Lucky’, the woman behind the critically acclaimed art-pop project, Marie Fjeldsted, opens up a room where warm and liberating messages echo: Find your own voice and release the fear of failure. It all stems from her becoming a mother. 


”Penny Police is way ahead in the way she thinks music”
Kieron Tylor from Mojo Magazine nailed the phenomenon Penny Police in his review from SPOT Festival. Since then, Marie Fjeldsted (Penny Police), has appeared on a number of releases and in several live contexts. As a self- proclaimed "introvert anti-star", it never happens with big gestures, but always insisting on exploring songwriting, composition and sound - creating pop with perspective. This also applies to the new album ‘Be Lucky’, her second full-length, where Marie explores the importance of finding your own way in life, and your own voice. In her own unique and quiet style she examines the Zeitgeist.

“Don’t judge the colours before the sun has come up. Don’t take it on you before you know how to take it off”. (Be Lucky)

“Everything has to be 100% correct to be good enough. You never see the cracks. And I have gone trough a lot of soul searching and caring about feeling right, but there is no right way to feel or be. At some point I realized this an have begun to practice the fear of failure in order to release the fear and instead insisting on taking myself seriously,” explains Marie Fjeldsted.

The themes on the new album stems from when Marie became a mother four years ago. It also made her think about the quivering question: How do I become a role model for my child?


”You carry so many beliefs with you from your childhood and teenage years, and I began to question my own. My intuition told me very early on that I had to do things my own way. But I still need to practice finding my own voice and to make peace with it,” she says and continues: ”In ’Be Lucky’ lies a positive invitation to follow your gut feeling. Because if you are open and true to yourself I believe luck has an easier way to find you. This is something I always address to the child within us all. Children require an admirable desire to be seen, heard and loved. In that way my daughter is a constant inspiration and role model to me.”


The themes slip into a playful, dramatic musical space characterized by warm arrangements, immediate melodies and oblique structures full of surprises. On the album there is room for auto harp, a horn section, piano and a children’s choir - all created over a number of years in close collaboration with producer Aske Bode.

Among the songs on the album you find the single ‘Mirror, Mirror’, where the adult sees its inner child in the mirror and says: "it may be that you did not feel accepted or included, but now I fully accommodate you.” You find ‘Make It Move’, which revolves around leaving things as they are instead of labeling them in order to fit into boxes. And you find ‘Take on a Little Love’ dealing with how precious life is and choosing to smile although it can be tempting to hide under the blankets.

Marie Fjeldsted’s airy and dreamy vocals shines like a red thread throughout the album. It also has an immediate naturalness, emphasized by the fact that she and Aske Bode have used the cue vocals on some of the tracks. At the same time this is also the first time we hear Penny Police singing in Danish on record. It happens on the album closing track ‘Kig op’ which is written as a lullaby for her daughter, Viola, who painted the egg that adorns the album cover.


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released September 27, 2019

All songs written by Marie Fjeldsted
 

Produced, arranged & mixed by Aske Bode

Mastered by Nikolaj Vinten

Penny Police is:

Marie Fjeldsted - vocal, autoharp

Additional Musicians:

Aske Bode – piano

Morten Søgaard Andersen – guitar

Magnus Lindegaard Jochumsen – percussion

Rene Damsbak – trumpet

Henrik Pultz Melbye - saxophone

Rasmus Svale - tuba

Karen Johanne Pedersen - violin

Josefine Dalsgaard - violin

Naja Helmer - bratsch

Live Johansson - cello

David Vejen Blomquist - bass (#2,4,5,6,7,8)

Jacob Haubjerg - bass (#1,2,4)

Asker Bjørk - drums (#2,5,6,7,8)

Anders Haaning - drums (#1,4)

Linus Valdemar - guitar (#1)

Julie Kamp Kongsted - choir (#1,2,4,5,7,8)

Frieda Heuser - choir (#1,2,4,5,7,8)

Maria Gottschalk - choir (#3,5,6)

Ida Østergaard - choir (#5,6)

Line Bøgh - choir (#5,6)

Bagsværd Kirkes Koncertkor & Vokalensemblet Commotio - choir (#2,4)
 Signe Lykke - add. Arrangement (#3)


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Penny Police Copenhagen, Denmark

Penny Police is the alias of Copenhagen based singer and songwriter Marie Fjeldsted, who has impressed with her alternative songwriting and her airy voice.
She has been compared to Agnes Obel and Emiliana Torrini but truly has found her own niche as Kieron Tyler from MOJO Magazine pointed out when he made her a highlight at SPOT Festival: "Penny Police is way ahead in the way she thinks music".
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Track Name: Mirror, Mirror
I enter the room
It's filled, it's filled with you
You don't see my eyes or my feet
But you can't see what you can't see

It seems so easy
to know how you feel
So easy to picture what's real
But you can't see what you can't see

Mirror, mirror, on the wall
What are you trying to tell me
Mirror, mirror, this is your call
To let it all fall, let it all burn down
Let it all fall, let what you've learned down

I still find myself
the first one to blame
I still stay inside on a sunny day
But you can't see what you can't see

Mirror, mirror, on the wall
What are you trying to tell me
Mirror, mirror, this is your call
To let it all fall, let it all burn down
Let it all fall, let what you've learned down

I turned to you, that's what children do
I'm older now, made it somehow
It's gonna be just fine
I'm gonna be right on time
It's gonna be just fine
I'm gonna be right on time
Track Name: There Is More
There's more than white, there's more than black
There's more than yes, there's more than no
There's more than stay, there's more than go

There's more than east, there's more than west
There's more than right, there's more than left
There's more than high, there's more than low
There's more than fast, there's more than slow

We're the boys, we're the girls who run the world
Everything's gonna die if we don't keep it alive

Has to be more than working 9 to 5
Has to be more than struggles all the time
Has to be more than a house, a lawn to mow
Has to be more than yaddiadioh

Can you feel the change?
We can be the change
A little day by day
Can you feel the change?
We can be the change
We can start today

(when if not now?
where if not here?
who if not us?)
Track Name: You Amaze Me
You amaze me
I feel blessed
You embrace the
armed and the wounded

Forgive and forget, don't fear the edge
You're my fate, I'm yours
Low and high, far and wide
We all want to feel alive

True colours
Fill us up one by one
You amaze me
I feel blessed
Track Name: Make It Move
There will be treetops as far as you can see
There will be oaks made of infinity
There is the moon, a chance to set the stars free
All that is real has come from a dream

There is fire
There is light
We, the choir
We sing through the night

Make it matter make it move
There's no easy way through
Why not give them all of you
Make it matter make it move

There won't be answers every time that you ask
What's easy at first won't be easy at last
A whisper so soft, then a fire so blue
All you gotta do is take in what comes to you

There is fire
There is light
We, the choir
The lost ones unite

Make it matter make it move
There's no easy way through
Why not give them all of you
Make it matter make it move
Track Name: Be Lucky
The longer you wait the more time it takes
To be who you are and make your own mistakes
Stand up for yourself and stand up for it
We have to belong but we don't have to fit

You should know where you want to go
And be proud of where you are now
Life is long without a vision
But don't turn a dream into a prison

Don't judge the colours
before the sun has come up
Don't take it on you
before you know how to take it off
- be lucky

Tomorrow will become today
Today will become yesterday
Stand still and you will still be moving
That's the magic of everyday

Don't judge the colours
before the sun has come up
Don't take it on you
before you know how to take it off
- be lucky

Let your soul float
In slow motion
Set your spirit free
Let it flee

Listen to the silent
Learn from the underdog
Love him as he loves you
Track Name: Sorrows
Uh solitude you bring me to my knees
I'm neither proud nor firm as I told myself to be
The day before, just the day before

Once joy would erase all pain
Once new love, new love would erase old love
Once tomorrows would erase my sorrows

I instinctively start to bow my head
When there are choices that are mine alone to make
Will it change?

Once joy would erase all pain
Once new love, new love would erase old love
Once tomorrows would erase my sorrows
But no tomorrows will erase my sorrows no more
Track Name: Take On A Little Love
Come as you are
There will be time
There will be someone to lean on
A lonely star
You've come this far
There will be someone to catch you
Whenever you fall

Mamma, haven't I grown?
Pappa, can I hold my own hands now?
Sister, haven't I told
I'm tired to the bone
Of questioning how?

How can I stand in my own light?
How will I know what fight to fight?
How will I know?

Take on a little love
Take on a little love
Take on a little light
I'll do my best to take on a little smile
Take on, take on

How can I stand in my own light?
How will I know what fight to fight?
How will I know?
Track Name: Kig Op
Natten er grå, men den er grå med guld på
Den hvisker tak for i dag, hvor blev tiden af?
Bare læg dig ned, tiden følger med
I et splitsekund, i en evighed

Kig op, se dig omkring
Ræk ud, ingen ved hvem der står for skud
Vend rundt, se det oppefra og ned
Kan det blive ved og ved og ved?

En måne så fuld, den dratter træt omkuld
Den drysser sløvt med stjernestøv
Lidt på dig og lidt på mig
Til endnu en morgen har fundet vej

Kig op, se dig omkring
Ræk ud, ingen ved hvem der står for skud
Vend rundt, se det oppefra og ned
Kan det blive ved og ved og ved?

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