Self directed by KLARA, the video for ‘Broken’ was shot in Northern Sweden, showcasing the vast swathes of beautiful forests, frozen lakes and stillness of winter in Dalarna. With drone cameras capturing the magnificent scenery and epic snow-covered landscapes, KLARA floats by on a kick sledge, contemplating the emotional fragility in the story of the song.
KLARA commented “I lived in Dalarna when I was 10 and it really gave me a love for nature. When I finsihed recording ‘Broken’ I knew it was the perfect setting to shoot the video. The endless white, contrasting with the vibrant colour of the forests prefectly reflect the spirit of the song.”
Since meeting Justin Vernon of Bon Iver at Glastonbury 2015 and being invited to spend time with him and his musical cohorts at his Eaux Claires Festival, Swedish singer/songwriter KLARAreturned from Eaux Claires Deux in 2016 with a clear vision for her own music. ‘Broken’ first started percolating in KLARA’s mind as she travelled through the beautiful green expanse of the Wisconsin countryside on her way to Justin’s hometown festival and further evolved as she then made her way down the well-travelled Pacific Highway from San Francisco to Los Angeles, breathing in the nature and epic views that surrounded her.
With lyrics and melody in place KLARA finished writing the track in London in Paul Epworth’s Church Studios, before recording the track at Peter Gabriel’s wonderfully tranquil Real World Studios in the Bath countryside. Written and produced by KLARA, the track was co-produced by Erland Cooper (The Magnetic North, Erland & The Carnival) and engineered by Oli Jacobs. Hannah Peel also added some synth magic, underpinning the song with some subtly spaceage Jupiter 4.
‘Broken’ is currently featured on Spotify playlists from James Bay and Tom Odell, and can also be heard on the Apple Music ‘Breaking Singer/Songwriter’ & ‘Unwind’ playlists. It’s the first track to be released from her next album, which will be released later this year.