Way Too Loud

Overcoming The Silence

Stockholm-based Syrian pop artist Leen returns with “Way Too Loud”, a heartfelt song about a toxic relationship and the strength to get over it. With a solid mix of sincere vocals and catchy synth sounds and melodies, the track reminds of the sound of artists like Dua Lipa.

Speaking on the inspiration for the track, Leen comments, “The idea came from the desire to write something about how women were not allowed to speak as loud as men”. This subject also connects to the singer’s upbringing, “Where I grew up people and the society were always criticizing women who had a loud voice including me, women who spoke for their rights”.

Initially inspired by Dua Lipa’s IDGAF, the topic of breakups was also complemented by an emphasis on women’s empowerment, something that has influenced many of Leen’s songs. “I wanted to write a song that says that we won’t be quiet, we won’t accept the harm because you told us to”. 

Recorded in the artist’s home studio in 2022, the song was produced by Olivia Lundberg, mixed by Andreas Johansson and mastered by Joe Vegna.

In 2020, Leen released her debut single “Refugee”. It was chosen as the official song of Sweden’s Refugee Committee. Parallel to this, she has performed at theaters like Pero, Regina, Arabiska Teater and the Boat People Project in Germany as well as the Michael Nyqvist Foundation Award. 

The Syrian pop artist signed with Rexius Records in the summer of 2021. She’s currently preparing for the release of “Way Too Loud” on August 19th.

Photo: Alaa Haziem

Leen

The music of Stockholm-based Syrian pop artist Leen is a melting pot of Middle-Eastern vocals, sounds influenced by artists like Dua Lipa, and theater. Her story interlaces a past of war and loss with relentless creativity and an ongoing romance with English pop.

Music was Leen’s most precious childhood secret. “I always tried to sing quietly so no one would hear me.”, she tells us. “Having such a huge passion for music (especially English pop) was not appreciated in the society I grew up in.”

She came to Sweden at the age of 18, leaving her family behind in war-torn Syria. In a possible echo of her secret past with music, Leen sang for herself at her job in a candy store. Then she started going to open mics.

“I met a person who told me that in Sweden there are schools for music (Folkhögskola) that help musicians evolve.”, she continues. “I was accepted into one, and that’s where I started writing songs and learning everything I can do now.”

While her lyrics are tightly connected to her personal story, she writes about other topics, too. “The war, the danger of death, losing my home, leaving my family (…) the difficulties of growing up as a girl in Syria.”, she remembers. “All of these are reflected in my music in a way or another. In some songs, I speak about them very openly. In others, I try to stay away from them.”

Leen came to Sweden at the age of 18, leaving her family behind in war-torn Syria. After attending a music vocational school, she released her debut single “Refugee” in 2020. It was chosen as the official song of Sweden’s Refugee Committee.

Parallel to this, she’s been acting with the Arabic Theatre where she had performances on stages like Nyköping teater, Skarpnäcks kultur hus, Övik teater and Tur teater. She’s also been singing on stages like Pero, Regina teater, Boat People Projekt Allsång in Skåne, and the Michael Nyqvist Foundation Award.

The Syrian pop artist signed with Rexius Records in the summer of 2021 and is currently preparing for the release of her single “Your Hell” in November.

📷 Alaa Haziem (edit Tanja Berkö)