An arena-conquering star and Grammy-nominated artist in his homeland of Sweden, the half-British Albin Lee Meldau is the timeless, heartfelt singer-songwriter you need to know. Having gained global traction following multiple BBC Radio 2 A-lists, BBC Radio 1 support from Greg James and Huw Stephens, a Top 40 Dutch radio hit, plays on Elton John’s Rocket Hour and shows across the globe, today sees Albin Lee Meldau share his brand new single ‘When You’re Here’ as he builds momentum ahead of his new album to be released in the winter.
‘When You’re Here’ shows that the depth of Albin’s songwriting ability can powerfully connect with international audiences. It’s a song which complements the classic tropes of romance – love and loss, tenderness and remorse – with equally timeless music rich with captivating melodies, warm instrumentation and the stirring emotions of his affecting voice. It’s sophisticated adult pop born from real emotions, from the highs (“You sleep the whole night without fear when you’re here”) to the lows (“Should’ve held on tight but I just let you go”).
Albin says, “‘When You’re Here’ is a sad love song about loss and regret. It’s about how good it feels when you’re here and how awful it feels when you’re not.”
‘When You’re Here’ was co-written by Albin and his good friend Eg White (Adele, Florence + The Machine), who co-produced the track with Nick Lobel (Harry Styles, Sam Smith).
The ‘When You’re Here’ video presents the song’s whirlwind of emotions with a striking visual aesthetic. It depicts a couple separated by distance, but each reacts in different ways: she’s visibly liberated and carefree, while he is clearly both heartbroken and down on his luck. Watch the official video BELOW:
‘When You’re Here’ follows last year’s ‘Forget About Us’, which was made with Jonathan Quarmby (Lewis Capaldi, James Arthur), and saw breakthrough success in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany. This album’s writing process started during the pandemic, a time when he realised the importance of taking his time to get everything right. He recorded the album via recurring trips to Shepherd’s Bush in London for sessions with Eg White, with Nick Lobel adding his transatlantic touch from his studio in America.
Coming from a family with Swedish and English roots, Albin Lee Meldau’s 2016 debut track ‘Lou Lou’ led to international attention, which took him to SXSW and an acclaimed Tiny Desk session for NPR Music. His 2018 debut album ‘About You’ intensified a career which has single included a Swedish Grammy nomination for, Best Singer-Songwriter; multiple-Platinum recordings and Top 10 hits across Scandinavia; airplay across wider Europe, the MMETA (the former Radio Border Breaker Award) and Anchor awards at the Reeperbahn Festival; and shows with artists such as Leon Bridges and Jessie Ware.
His other high-profile collaborators have included Justin Parker (Adele, Lana Del Rey) and Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith, Disclosure). All of this has led to now, the start of an exciting new era for Albin Lee Meldau, which is certainly a moment you don’t want to miss.