Mirel Wagner 'The Dirt'

Listen to Ethiopian/Finnish singer Mirel Wagner's new single "The Dirt," off her sophomore album 'When The Cellar Children See The Light.'

Last we heard from Finnish-based, Ethiopian-born singer Mirel Wagner she was out with visuals for "Oak Tree," the morbidly romantic lead single off her upcoming sophomore album When The Cellar Children See The Light. This week the emotive folk songstress returns with a haunted follow-up single off the record, “The Dirt.” Channeling a Poe-like poignancy, Wagner vocalizes the pains of possessing unattainable earthly desires. Her voice, cloaked in a sense of serene longing, steadily marches along until cut off at the bridge by a howling electric guitar. It's a strummed desperation that gives off the bluesy chills. Wagner once told us in an interview “you don’t always need to shout to make an impact.” With her latest she proves her point yet again with another bare-boned and minimalistic heavy blow. Listen to "The Dirt" below. Wagner’s When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day LP is due out August 11th/12th in Europe/US from Sub Pop and August 8th in Finland from Kioski.

Mirel Wagner Tour Dates

26 July - Finland, Helsinki Radio Helsinki Klubi @ Fregatti

8 August Finland, Helsinki Flow Festival

15 August - Finland, Helsinki Luomustrudio @ Linnanmäki

21 August - Finland, Helsinki Showroom Jussi Karjalainen Exhibition opening

30 August - Germany, Berlin Torstrassenfestival

13 September - Belgium, Gent Big Next Festival

14 September, Netherlands, Amsterdam MC (Grote Studio)

1 October - Finland, Espoo Sellosali

3 October - Austria, Vienna Porgy & Bess (Waves Festival)

4 October - Slovenia Ljubiljana International Festival of Contemporary Arts - City of Women

10 October - Finland, FI Turku Dynamo

11 October - Finland, Tampere Telakka

13 October - Finland, Helsinki KOM-ravintola

17 October - Finland, Oulu 45 Special

18 October - Finland, Jyväskylä Musta kynnys

23 October - UK, London St. Pancras Old Church

25 October - UK, Bristol Simple Things Festival

30 October - Switzerland, Geneve La Graviere

31 October - Switzerland, Le Locle Le Lux

1 November - Switzerland, Zürich El Lokal

11 December - France, Bordeaux Winter Camp Festival @ Krakatoa (w J. Mascis)

12 December - France, Paris Winter Camp Festival @ Maroquinerie (w J. Mascis)


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We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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