REVIEW: Cornelia – By The Fire / Now And Hereafter

Cornelia is an unbeguiling force to be reckoned with and firmly stomps her own identity on 2011 with the follow up to her debut release Capsule, not only her own label launch (Camp Mozart), but also the release of her By The Fire / Now And Hereafter EP. Signed to Twist Management, the same home to foster Jamie Woon’s rise to fame, Swedish native Cornelia resides in East London, surrounding herself with a tight knit group of outstanding musical talent whom she labels as her ‘family’, which includes the likes of the Portico Quartet boys and Jamie Woon himself.


01. By the fire
02. Now And Hereafter
03. Now And Hereafter (Daisuke Tanabe Remix)
04. Now And Hereafter (TOKiMONSTA Remix)

The By The Fire / Now And Hereafter EP delivers a clear vision from Cornelia aided with production by KWES. By The Fire is a stomp of a tune that weaves Cornelia’s arresting, yet sweetly charged, vocals through a beautifully crafted percussive and electronic backdrop whilst screaming “listen to me!” Cornelia says of her new release, “we wanted to capture that juxtaposition between the safe and the uncertain, the contrasts of putting yourself out there rather than staying home where it’s safe and warm.”

Hidden beneath Cornelia’s charmingly sweet and child-like delivery lies a depth beyond her years charting a revolution which is brooding, and at times, a dark glimpse into her thought process which couldn’t be highlighted better than on Now And Hereafter. Almost fairy tale-esque in its composition, the theme of Cornelia’s story-telling in her lyrics and what she has to say couldn’t be further from the candy cane painted truth.

Supported by a deliciously glitchy remix from Daisuke Tanabe, and also the dream-like womp backdrop of the TOKiMONSTA remix, with both gracing dance floors and airwaves from BBC6Music to Razzmatazz in BCN, this is an addictive little monster of an EP. Cornelia, who is also Red Bull Music Academy Alumni, is someone we’ll be following closely this year and beyond. More please!