REMEMBER THE FUTURE

by ionnalee

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The self-made creator and front person of iamamiwhoami embarks on an extensive tour visiting the US and Canada, collaborates with Zola Jesus, Jennie Abrahamson, and Röyksopp on new self-produced album.

In 2018, audiovisual pioneer and subcultural phenomenon ionnalee delivered her first solo album and feature film ‘EVERYONE AFRAID TO BE FORGOTTEN’, after enchanting an international audience with her award-winning, modern folklore tales through the mixed media project and YouTube mystery iamamiwhoami for almost a decade. All through her own force and own label.

The Swedish singer, songwriter, producer, and director’s acclaimed ‘debut’ as ionnalee, was subsequently followed by a world tour; funded alongside her fans through Kickstarter in just 5 days. The hugely successful tour sold-out dates across Europe, US, and Latin America — Brazil being one of the places where ionnalee finally got to face her audience live for the first time in her career.

“As the tour finally happened, the audience response knocked me off my feet. It became a real game-changer for me. After my last album was made, there was no plan to go back into the studio. I was exhausted and have struggled with health and motivation to even continue working as an artist. But, in between touring, I found myself alone in my studio at every given chance, so inspired from that whole synergy I experienced with the audience on stage, that this natural flow happened, and I wanted to give back to them.”

The result is a new full-length album, ‘REMEMBER THE FUTURE’ — released May 31 on her label To whom it may concern.
“It’s a hopeful visionary album of daring to dream, and shooting for the stars, despite the paradoxical underlying chafing knowledge that we are destroying our planet”, says ionnalee. “To me, the album has a kinetic energy. I felt much more confident and free when producing it, both as an artist, person and a producer.”

‘REMEMBER THE FUTURE’ is just as her debut solo album produced by ionnalee and also features contributions from her long-time collaborators Claes Björklund (iamamiwhoami), Röyksopp, Zola Jesus and Jennie Abrahamson, and the album is mixed by Johannes Berglund (Fever Ray).

The first lush disco single ‘OPEN SEA’ came with a video directed by ionnalee and cinematographer John Strandh (iamamiwhoami), and is, in her own words, in the ‘low fi sci fi’ genre.

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released May 31, 2019

produced by ionnalee
produced by (1, 3, 6) Claes Björklund & ionnalee
produced by (10) ionnalee & Röyksopp
mixed by Johannes Berglund
mastered by Sören von Malmborg

photography by John Strandh
graphic design by Jacob Hulmston

label: To whom it may concern.
catalog: TWIMC007ilA

© + ℗ 2019 To whom it may concern.

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ionnalee Stockholm, Sweden

ionnalee represents both a new beginning, and the continuation of a story still unfolding. A decade into her solo career, and a step outside of the pioneering audiovisual world she spearheaded and helped create, in the shape of the enigmatic audiovisual project, iamamiwhoami. Swedish pop maverick, Jonna Lee, presents her rawer, more upfront solo project. ... more

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Track Name: OPEN SEA
who builds a world upon a man?
my ship has sailed, this ship has sailed.
it was loaded with jewels and gems.
wave my vices farewell for the best.

the careless knot i knew wouldn’t hold
pulled you out to open sea.
silence drained us on all that was golden,
you got the worst of me.
shouting at the top of my lungs
as loud as the siren sings.
now i watch it all slip away, slip away
with my hands untied as the sky bleed red.

as empty as your open chest,
i roam the hills deliriously,
walk in the shatters at the bottom of our ocean.
you drifting off to leave me clean.

the careless knot i knew wouldn’t hold
pulled you out to open sea.
silence drained us on all that was golden,
you got the worst of me.
shouting at the top of my lungs
as loud as the siren sings.
spiralling out of control,
i had to set you free.
now i watch it all slip away, slip away
with my hands untied as the sky bleed red.
Track Name: WIPE IT OFF
i feel it now.

i feel it now.
i feel it now,
like the meds are wearing off,
like it hasn’t stopped bleeding,
and you’re taking the bandaids off.

the secret’s out.
the secret’s out,
and it’s doing its boardwalk.
some sick and twisted beat
could maybe stop their talking.

i needed that.
i needed that,
just a scratch on the arm,
and you didn’t notice a thing.
’til you saw that there was blood.

the thing is now.
the thing is now,
it’s not that deep of a cut.
so, easy, use your sleeve,
and just wipe it off.

i feel it now.
i feel it now,
like the meds are wearing off.

wipe it off.

i feel it now.
i feel it now,
like the meds are wearing off,
like it hasn’t stopped bleeding,
and you’re taking the bandaids off.

the secret’s out.
the secret’s out,
and it’s doing its boardwalk.
some sick and twisted beat
could maybe stop their talking.
Track Name: SOME BODY
if i could see your face,
like some body that i used to know.
if i could say your name,
and my heart beat in a steady flow.

comes and goes like dawn.
nowhere seems like home.

and they remember the good times,
live in splendour of old times,
see the sun under new skies.
wave our memories goodbye,
with the end of humankind,
making rain under blue skies.

yea…
why won’t you play my game
’bout the sadness of tomorrow?
you just blew out the flame.
come on bring the age of sorrow.

and they remember the good times,
live in splendour of old times,
see the sun under new skies.
wave our memories goodbye,
with the end of humankind,
making rain under blue skies.

why won’t you let me talk ’bout the sadness of tomorrow?

yea…
if i could see your face,
like some body that i used to know.
if i could say your name,
and my heart beat in a steady flow.

why won’t you let me talk ’bout the sadness of tomorrow?
Track Name: ionnalee with Zola Jesus - MATTERS
the thin blue line
bends across the fatal sky,
like my back for you.
crushed little fly,
bend the line of hope.

the end is nigh.
rising is a changing time.
drops will hit the soil.
our bells will chime.
feed my hungry jaws.

we matter.
raise our voices,
hum until their walls
shatter.
ah, we
gather.
endless winter leaves us after all,
forever.

hum.

trace through time
figures drawn into border lines.
turn your shout into a storm that cries.
fallow.

we matter.
raise our voices,
hum until their walls shatter.
ah, we
gather.
endless winter leaves us after all,
forever.

hum.

scarify,
fade to grey from catching time.
simple says born hung to dry,
so low.
Track Name: REMEMBER THE FUTURE
remember the dream.

remember the thirst,
the hunger for more.
remember the future,
the simple hope.
remember the dream,
always rising.
remember the future,
true and pure.

this is not the ending.

moving forth without a reason,
find another kind of truth,
try expanding the horizon,
with our heads into the blue.
floating freely, use no pressure,
hear beyond this frequency.
and my skin burns from the fire
as it flares inside of me.
and if i wake, it doesn’t matter
if reality’s a dream.
if these thoughts are all we have,
then the future’s still unseen.

remember the thirst,
the hunger for more.
remember the future,
the simple hope.
remember the dream,
always rising.
remember the future,
true and pure.

this is not the ending.

remember the dream.

so you’re lost in this dimension,
seeking recipes of youth.
solve the riddle, live forever,
watch it over in review.
no solution, no real motion.
licking sadness from your cheek.
and my fingers turn to ashes
as they brush against your weakness.
and i hate that i can’t help, and
that it’s fact, not fantasy.
it’s these thoughts, they’re all we have.
but the future’s still unseen.

only what it has been.

remember the thirst,
the hunger for more.
remember the future,
the simple hope.
remember the dream,
always rising.
remember the future,
true and pure.

this is not the ending.

remember the dream.
Track Name: ionnalee with Jennie Abrahamson - CRYSTAL
sad noise.
so are you gonna follow me on?
you’re no good use,
promising me gold and grace.
living ain’t easy.
this worn out body,
covered in salt,
found broken and lost at sea.
you can have the rest of me.

cold talk.
i wanted shivers to the bone,
i wanted love,
i needed one so grand it hurts.
make it stop,
carry myself up to the top
where nothing can grow.
my salty rivers flow.

breathe the last of this air to come to life,
soak these hills like i’m the only one left alive.
my salty drops roll frozen to the ground,
now i’m crystal
in the mouth of your river.

some sight.
i’ll never find a place like home.
that kind of hurt
comes only in an empty space.
here i am.
water raising up to the top,
more than i can drink.
i shut my eyes and sink.

breathe the last of this air to come to life,
soak these hills like i’m the only one left alive.
my salty drops roll frozen to the ground,
now i’m crystal
in the mouth of your river.
Track Name: RACE AGAINST
race against.
human, repent.
race the end.
race against.
Track Name: SILENCE MY DRUM
woke from silent sleep,
faint and half,
i ran at light speed
to break through the wall.
my sound is ceasing.
i chase the calls
into a mute frequency
to face the force.

silence my drum
and hush my calls.
my sound will travel
until it stops.
oh, i fire my guns,
burn through it all.
will shy from no man,
will kill the calm.

cutting knives as my back turns your way.
i turn around and you smile, it’s okay.
lay me down in your arms, forget me not.

silence my drum
and hush my calls.
my sound will travel
until it stops.
oh, i fire my guns,
burn through it all.
will shy from no man,
will kill the calm.

i turn around and you smile, it’s okay.

oh, fire my guns,
silence my drum,
and hush my calls.
my sound will travel
until it stops.
oh, i fire my guns,
burn through it all.
will shy from no man,
will kill the calm.
Track Name: i KEEP
someone blasted a hole in me.
i lean forward to let it bleed.
someone wanted the whole of me.
i open my hands with none to give.

keep forgetting to remember myself,
keep forgetting to embrace myself,
i keep letting you in on my shell,
i keep stepping in my own traps.

someone told me that talk is cheap.
i open my mouth to wash it clean.

keep forgetting to remember myself,
keep forgetting to embrace myself,
i keep letting you in on my shell,
i keep stepping in my own traps.

keep forgetting.

keep forgetting myself.
let you in on my shell.

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