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Ronnie Atkins – “Picture Yourself”

Легендарный датский исполнитель, Ронни Аткинс, в предверии выхода альбома “4 More Shots (The Acoustics)”, выложил в сеть видеоклип с лирической песней – “Picture Yourself”.

“Carry Me Over” на самом деле была первой песней, которую я написал после того, как мне сказали, что у меня рак, в марте 2020 года. Она была написана, когда я достиг самого дна эмоционально падения, в очень безнадежный и разочаровывающий период своей жизни. Это видно, когда вы слушаете тексты песен. Поэтому, когда мне нужно было решить, какие песни войдут в альбом “One Shot”, я намеренно решил оставить “Carry Me Over” по двум причинам. Одна из них заключается в том, что, знаете, я просто подумал, что тексты песен были слишком лиричными, и это то, о чем хотел говорить со слушателями. Во-вторых, я чувствовал, что это нарушит баланс на альбоме. Тем не менее, я все еще думаю, что это прекрасная мелодия!! Прошлый альбом получился действительно меланхоличный, но в то же время очень честный, и я могу подтвердить это в любое время. Это то я чувствовал, и это было мое внутреннее состояние, когда я писал его”, – говорит Аткинс о студийном треке “Carry Me Over”.

Video directed and edited by: Pontus Egberg

Filmed at SolnaSound Recording, Stockholm, Sweden

Musicians featured in the video:
Lead vocals: Ronnie Atkins
Backing vocals: Linnéa Wikström Egg
Guitar: Chris Laney
Guitar: Pontus Norgren
Guitar: Pontus Egberg

Music/lyrics written by:
Ronnie Atkins

On the heels of his well received solo album “One Shot”, Danish vocalist Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids, Nordic Union) has announced the upcoming release of a new EP, “4 More Shots (The Acoustics)” on October 1, 2021. The EP consists of one unreleased studio track, ‘Carry Me Over’ and three acoustic tracks. All three acoustic tracks, ‘When Dreams Are Not Enough’, ‘Picture Yourself’, and ‘Real’, have original studio versions that appear on “One Shot”. ​Additionally, the EP contains a special bonus track, ‘One Shot’ (Orchestra Version) that was originally available as a bonus track in Japan with the album “One Shot”.

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“’Carry Me Over” was in fact the first song I wrote after I was told my cancer was back in March 2020. It was written when I hit rock bottom mentally and emotionally and in a very hopeless and frustrating period of time in my life. That’s pretty obvious when you listen to the lyrics. So, when I had to decide which songs were gonna go on the album “One Shot”, I deliberately decided to leave “Carry Me Over” out for two reasons. One being the fact that, you know, I simply thought the lyrics were too sad/depressing and that’s not what I wanted to signal to the fans. Second, I felt it would tip the balance on the album. However, I still think it’s a beautiful melody!! Melancholic indeed, but also very honest and therefore I can back it up at any time. That’s how I felt and that was the state of my mind when I wrote it,” says Atkins of the studio track ‘Carry Me Over’.

“Today, I’m in a different place, not diagnosis wise really, but I feel good and I guess I’ve somehow learned how to adapt to the situation and deal with it. Thanks to immunotherapy, a positive mindset, and, not the least of which, the almighty God, I’m still here,” he concludes.

The EP was produced and mixed by Chris Laney, co-produced and arranged by Anders Ringman, and mastered by Jacob Hansen. It was recorded during 2020 at Hansen Studios, Laneyland Studios and Platform CPR.

The musicians appearing on the EP are:

Ronnie Atkins: Lead and backing vocals
Chris Laney: Acoustic guitars, Bass and backing vocals
Anders Ringman: Acoustic and lead guitars, Bass, Piano, Keyboards.
Allan Sørensen: Drums
Linnea Vikström Egg: Backing vocals

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1. Carry Me Over
2. When Dreams Are Not Enough (acoustic version)
3. Picture Yourself (acoustic version)
4. Real (acoustic version)
5. One Shot (Orchestra Version – Bonus Track)​

*All songs recorded in 2020.

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