SWEDEN’S WINONA OAK RELEASES CLOSURE EP (NEON GOLD)
+ VIDEO "CLOSURE" + HEADLINE SHOWS + US TOUR WITH OH WONDER
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“magnetizing...a true testament to her unprecedented singing abilities, and it’s a refreshingly authentic look into the multi-faceted vocalist’s emotional psyche" - V Magazine
“Nothing short of chill-inducing” - BlackBook
“Winona Oak proves she’s not one to be slept on” - Ones to Watch
Winona Oak has released her debut EP, CLOSURE, today via Neon Gold / Atlantic Records, anchored by spellbinding new single “Control” and an accompanying video that plays on obsession. Winona says, “‘Control’ is about meeting someone that makes you weak in your knees and never knowing how they actually feel about you. You make risky decisions, act irrationally and tolerate things you normally wouldn’t. You’re feeling nervous, insecure and are constantly afraid that they are gonna leave you. Oh and this is when you learn - the difference between love and obsession. For the video we wanted to target this hopeless feeling with a twisted sense of humor." Watch the video here and read V Magazine’s premiere piece.
Winona will perform debut headlining shows in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto this month. Her inaugural US tour, direct support to Oh Wonder, will kick off March 30th in Atlanta and wraps up April 26th in Los Angeles, full dates below. Tickets are on sale now.
Winona ended 2019 by releasing an alternate version of her last single “Let Me Know”. “Let Me Know”(Johan Lenox Strings Mix) reimagines the driving original with a majestic and emotive string arrangement from Lenox, whose recent collaborators include Kanye West, Travis Scott and Vic Mensa. Listen to it HERE or watch the stunning live performance from Truth Studios HERE. For the original “Let Me Know”, which appears on the EP, she collaborated with Andreas Ohman on a stunning video that follows a diverse range of couples throughout Sweden’s cities and idyllic countryside, while chronicling the ups and downs of young love. Watch it HERE.
Winona first caught the public’s attention when she collaborated with The Chainsmokers on their viral hit single “Hope”. The song, which was co-written by Winona and features her stunning lead vocals, has amassed over 350 million streams globally. Her debut single “He Don’t Love Me” is a paean to finding strength in your own self-worth. The track has been a runaway success, amassing 18 million streams across all platforms to date. Her sophomore single “Break My Broken Heart” followed suit, amassing over 5 million streams across all platforms globally. Both singles are featured on the CLOSURE EP.
Born and raised in the Nordic forests of Sweden on a small crop of land called Sollerön - known as the Island of the Sun - Winona Oak is every bit as enchanting as her origin story. With a childhood spent encountering more animals than people, she grew up a trained horse acrobat and pursued creative expression however she could, writing poetry and songs from a young age. Born into a musical family, Winona sang throughout her youth and began playing violin at 5 years old and piano at 9 years.
After moving to Stockholm to pursue her passion for music, a leap of faith to attend Neon Gold Records’ writing retreat in the Nicaraguan jungle in 2017 led her to Australian electronic maestro What So Not. She would go on to co-write his next two singles "Better" and "Stuck In Orbit", eventually stepping into the spotlight as both the writer and featured artist on his 2018 single "Beautiful", which took home the 2019 AIR Award for Best Independent Dance Single at the Australian Independent Music Awards. In 2018 she also released a cover of “Don’t Save Me” from fellow Neon Gold Records signees HAIM for the label’s 10 year anniversary compilation: NGX: Ten Years of Neon Gold. The minimal production allows Winona Oak’s ethereal voice to shine through, slower than the original and drenched in ethereal melancholy.
Winona Oak will be performing at Sweden’s P3 Guld Awards on Saturday, January 18th where she is also nominated for “Artist of the Future”.
Winona Oak live dates:
supporting Oh Wonder
Wed 1.22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right @ Popshop NYC HERE
Winona Oak - Closure EP - tracklist:
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January 10, 2020 11:25am ET by Gold Altas