Following the bold eclecticism of her album Bring Me Home, Maini Sorri returns to release yet another creatively unique single. You Are On My Mind is a notably smoother and more spacious, mellow offering than much of what came before. The ambiance brings together delicate pop vibes with just a few dashes of rock in the form of an intermittently appearing, distorted guitar part – adding a flicker of intensity to help heighten the emotion of certain melodic moments.
From a songwriting perspective, this is one of the most memorable melodies of Sorri’s to date. There’s a classically folk-like feel to the progression, these long-form lines rise up and descend in a familiar, comforting fashion. As always, Maini Sorri’s characterful voice delivers with ease, suiting the gentle mood in a flawless way. Where before her voice presented a distinctive contrast with the intensity around it, here the soundscape and the vocals pour through as a more secure unit of singular expression; creating something of a settled and widely accessible vibe. This opens the song up to a wider audience – it’s an easy piece to let play as you go about your normal life.
Lyrically the release is a stunning poetic ode to a lost relative. Barbro Norberg writes on the passing of her father in a commendable way, bringing through heart-breaking ideas but also a strong focus on the positives – the good memories, the togetherness. Maini Sorri’s gentle voice lets the lyrics shine brightly throughout, yet without becoming the only focus of your attention as might be the case with a classic pop song. There’s an Enya-like feel to the presentation, the voice drives as if simply another instrument, so the collaboration just works. It sounds pleasant in itself, and should you choose to listen a little more intently – the concept reaches out to connect in a very pure and relatable way.