Skar de Line is the solo music project of singer-songwriter and composer Oskar Abrahamsson, a talented, charismatic and creative young artist born and raised in Sweden and now based in London, England. He’s also front man and lead vocalist for London electronic rock band Heist At Five, who I just featured two weeks ago when I reviewed their latest single “Faceless”.
Fascinated by the concept of boundaries and the human obsession for self-understanding, Skar de Line explores them through the creation of his dark and unconventional music. Drawing on his love for cinematic soundtracks by composers such as Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL and Ramin Djawadi, he fuses those stylistic elements with hip-hop, rock and electronic metal to create his own unique sound that excites, pushes boundaries and gives us a lot to think about.
In October 2019, he released his superb debut single “In Charge”, which I also reviewed. Now he returns with his latest single “Satisfied“, which drops today, November 27. It’s a darker, more intense song than “In Charge”, while still featuring many of his signature cinematic and electronic elements and complex melodic song structures that I love. He uses a swirling mix of dramatic industrial synths and ominous sounds, set to powerful dubstep-style beats, to create an intense, almost menacing soundscape. As always, his deeply emotive vocals are wonderful, going from sultry croons that seduce us one moment to impassioned cries that bring chills the next, and all delivered in his charming Swedish accent.
Lyrically, Skar de Line ponders what is it that satisfies us, specifically, do we get satisfaction from being right, or merely by the act of searching for what we think we want? He elaborates: “‘Satisfied’ deals with the power we have over our own perception of ourselves, and on the contrary, the alienation we feel around people we don’t understand, the loss of control we have over someone that doesn’t have anything left to lose. It’s about the disorientation we get when we accomplish what we set out to do, when we no longer have a purpose.” Taking this idea further, it would seem that those who generally get most or all of everything they desire – like super-wealthy people for instance – would never be totally satisfied.
Satisfied, feeding a legend, feeding the myth Feeling safe, staring down into my own abyss Can you push, a man who has lost the sense of his gravity? Please try, and tell me now, now tell me how I’m not really human to you I don’t feel people as you do I have a fucked-up way of seeing the world I’m living in And you know, what if you were right? And people like you they are making me feel alive Keeps me satisfied Then how does it feel to know you’re completely right? Does it satisfy? You believe that I still can be saved That I’m too profane for this place, you're a god, Come to save, the human race, from my blood As a fulltime martyr now It’s a fascinating religion you’ve come to give your whole life for Come on and tell us how I’m not really human to you I don’t feel people as you do I have a fucked-up way of seeing the world I’m living in And you know, what if you were right? And people like you they are making me feel alive Keeps me satisfied Then how does it feel to know you’re completely right? Does it satisfy? I wouldn’t ask you to do anything I wouldn’t do myself I’m your bat, you’re a dog, you’re my fuel, I can’t stop And it touches my heart that you run for me Cause I’m the splinter embedded deep inside of your mind What itch would you scratch when you got me out? I don’t wanna stay alive, I wanna feel alive Will it satisfy when you’re satisfied?
Skar de Line premiered a new cinematic music video for “Satisfied” on December 4th. Filmed in London, and directed and edited by himself, it’s his most ambitious film yet.