It is true that songs that can be represented with acoustic instrumentation, devoid of the bells and whistles of modern production, tend to be the ones with the highest values in terms of songwriting. It is also true that given the affordability of an acoustic guitar and the skill required to learn a few open chords, there’s an inflation of overdramatized, folk laments.
Juni Habel avoids these trappings with grace. “Surrendering” is as close to the sound of pure meditative silence as a song is bound to get. The Norwegian singer narrates a story of abandoning oneself to a new beginning. In the hands of someone less skilled, this could be a run of the mill tune, but Juni Habel has trapped a special feeling that burns as fuel for this single.