“For Annette”
by ronja

On “For Annette”, singer-songwriter ronja summons forth a certain unbridgeable void within our existence and the acceptance of the deafening silence that comes with it. Weaving the strands of her previous release something about us with multiple openings towards more abstract territory, this 5-track EP marks her debut under the forward-thinking Unguarded label, astutely situating her music well beyond the confines of the genre.

The opening track “Nothing Makes Me Feel” beckons the listener into a discreet moment amid the early light of dawn, commencing with an up-close acoustic guitar, soon to be graced by ronja’s hushed voice, softly whispering, as if to avoid waking someone near. “Just Once”, with its weeping waltz, is about losing one’s place in the world, about choosing the imaginary over the real. Behind the strummed chords hides a soft dither of sine tones that attempts to fill the gap that cannot be filled, only to transform into quavering distortion ever after. Where language may falter, ronja turns to choral-like instrumental pieces (“Light” & “Grass from Below”), characterized by her distinctive and multi-layered flute arrangements. The absence of words here allows for a sensible stage of introspection, a fleeting and diaphanous pause, forging a passage to a more hopeful outlook. Yet, these pieces are not isolated; hints of fluttering air and cavernous depths are subtly alluded to in the earlier, more song-based tracks. In just under 18 minutes running time, the theme of loss, or the anticipation of its arrival, lingers solemnly before transcending intermediate states in “Almost There”.

Admirers of the dreamgaze band Roomer, which made waves in and around the Berlin music scene this past year, might detect faint resemblances. Nonetheless, ronja—a pivotal presence in said band—unveils a distinct effort here, striking subdued but enticing tones, a foreshadowing of what is yet to come from this luminary artist.

– Luka Aron

released November 10th via Uguarded, 2023



"something about us"
by ronja

is about a state of confusion and anticipation. It believes that anticipation and imagination are the purest and most reliable forms of pleasure. It’s about wild, confused words and longings that lead into stillness. It hopes that the things that never happen to us won’t fade.

With these two tracks, ronja defines her songwriting: candid, multi-dimensional, soft but loud, and full of heart.

Her music has become an introspective world unto itself. 
Her delivery is light, insistent–the tone you would use to convey passing thoughts to your dearest person in the room.

Self-composed, self-recorded, with additional production from Luka Aron these songs are starkly drawn and colorfully embellished, created in service of each individual story.

released April 2 via Acna Rusd, 2021