It Gets Dark

Album: How To Let Go (2022)
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Songfacts®:

  • Here, Sigrid uses a space motif to describe her willingness to step out of her safe place in order to find fulfillment. Though it might get dark, by being willing to endure the hard times she will enjoy the good times all the more. "I believe you need to feel the lows in life to feel the highs, and you have to know what sucks to then properly appreciate the good stuff," said Sigrid. "'It Gets Dark' is an ode to that."
  • When Sigrid's single "Don't Kill My Vibe" blew up in 2017, the young Norwegian had to leave her comfort zone. She felt torn between her tranquil life in her home country and the hustle and bustle in big cities like London and Los Angeles. "There's a massive difference in pace, and different parts of my personality come out in these places," she said, "but the conclusion of the song is that that duality and contrast is actually really cool, and it's OK to let yourself just go with it!"
  • Sigrid wrote the song in LA in January 2020 with:

    Her frequent songwriting partner Emily Warren ("Don't Feel Like Crying," "Sucker Punch," "Mirror").

    The song's Danish producer, Sylvester Willy "Sly" Sivertsen (The Chainsmokers' "Side Effects," Dua Lipa's "We're Good").
  • This is the first song Sigrid wrote for How To Let Go. When they penned "It Gets Dark," the Norwegian singer hadn't decided on a sound for her album. When she heard its intro, she knew that would be the new record's sound. "It's been the leading star for the whole new era," Sigrid told BBC Radio 1's Clara Amfo.
  • Sigrid plays the piano and synthesizer on the track. The other musicians are:

    Guitar: Andreas Lund
    Bass Guitar: Andreas Lund
    Keyboards: Sly
    Drums: Sly
    Background Vocals: Emily Warren
  • It gets dark so I can see the stars

    The lyric reflects how Sigrid feels torn between missing her life in Norway and enjoying her life on tour. "It's definitely a spin on how, as a solo artist, you're just - whooosh - shooting through space by yourself," she told the BBC. "But that line's also about how there's always light at the other end of something difficult, and in order to appreciate the good stuff, you need to know what it's like to be sad."
  • The surrealist video finds Sigrid escaping into space. She made the clip with "Mirror" director Femke Huurdeman and Spanish visual content production company CANADA (Dua Lipa, Rosalia).

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