April 15, 2014
Pieces of Juno - Saffron

Photo: Tonje Thilesen

Taking us to the backwoods of rural Norway is Pieces of Juno’s video debut for “Saffron”. A track full of twists and turns, “Saffron” details a morning run gone awry. Like the yellowish spice, “Saffron” is one of differing contrasts with the palate of lightly-seasoned track switching from the gentle ruffling of quick arpeggios and soft coos to the track’s deeper crushing synth keys.

You can check out the video below:

Saffron from Pieces of Juno on Vimeo.

March 17, 2014
Karin Park - Shine

Shot in the small Swedish town of Djura where a only measly four hundred people live, is Norway-based Karin Park’s video for “Shine” shot in the church where she currently resides in. Taking down a more stripped-down approach, Karin’s latest sound takes away from the jagged edges and frightening shrills of her more experimental work from her last record. Instead, Park’s electronic groove is smoother and stronger as Karin’s slower pace and more natural vocal techniques manage soothe yet still intrigue at the same time. With the statuesque Park slipping and sliding around smoky backdrops, the atmospheric video with its clunky orientalist beat takes a peak into the newly-found sound of Karin Park.

You can check out the video below:

February 15, 2014
Kaja Gunnufsen - Faen Ta

Tongue-in-cheek pop singer Kaja Gunnufsen from Norway recently   released her latest video for “Faen Ta” whose title translates something of the likes of everyone’s favorite four-letter profanity in English.  Essentially as the title of song suggests the song is about being destructive and overly emotional, with a taste of hopelessness and despair. Boy that sounds lovely doesn’t it? Anyway, despite the heavy mood, the song itself is quite light-hearted and lively, with catchy hooks and a buzzing bassline. As for the video it’s what Kaja imagined when she was writing the song. Here’s what she had to say:

"Everybody is trying to show their best side, but failing. They are lonely and sad while having a twinkle in their eye wanting to be charming".

Check out the video below:

January 24, 2014
Anana - Manierism

Anana’s latest track up for offer goes by the name of “Manierism”, as the Norwegian artist by the name of Anniken Jess Iversen recalls “Maniera”, the art movement better known as mannerism. The slow and spacious track which appears in its raw and unmastered format, was recorded last year and originally supposed to appear on Anana’s upcoming album, but didn’t fit the feel of the record. “It’s a song about frustration, basically - to be really angry at someone”, laughs Iversen. Haunting echoes creep through the heavy reverb of the track, before the bass drops, arpeggios roll in and Anniken’s oceanic coos and cries top off the beautifully sinister “Manierism”. Anyway, if this latest track is just a demo then we must say then the record must be something else. 

Grab a free download of the track on soundcloud below:

December 28, 2013
Pieces of Juno - Do You Know Who You Are?

Dropping on her the day of her birthday, Norwegian electronic artist Pieces of Juno releases two songs under the title “Do You Know Who You Are?”. The first track titled “Saffron” is a curious track building on looping synth scales before the bubbling arpeggios and heavy bass keys flip the song into somewhat of a vintage horror soundtrack. The second track “Heliophilia” is more of something what you’d expect from Pieces of Juno - ghostly vocals, crystalline synths and haunting bass drops.

Dark and minimal, with a slight Orientalist edge you can check out the two tracks below:

December 1, 2013
Röyksopp - Something in My Heart (feat. Jamie Irrepressible)

Röyksopp may have just won best song of the year at Norway’s national radio P3 Gull award show for their song with Susanne Sundfør, “Running to the Sea”, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be slowing down any time soon. Partnering with Jamie “Irrepressible” McDermott of orchestra pop outfit “The Irrepressibles”, McDermott provides his fluttery vocals to Röyksopp’s clunky production. Incessant pulsing eases its way to Jamie’s vocal gymnastics gradually revealing a beautifully textured electronic single.

Check out the track below:

November 29, 2013
Disaster in the Universe - Yugen (Telling Me All)

"Some people can not stand pineapple, but we understand", says Norwegian band Disaster in the Universe in response to the pretty much universally-enjoyed fruit. Their latest video for "Yugen (Telling Me All)" which you may have guessed already involves a lot of pineapple, is exactly that - a lot of pineapple. When the band encounters a peculiar pineapple which leaks out some colorful ooze, the team instantly find themselves in a psychedelic daze and covered in body paint. Spaced-out vocals find its way to wrap around the single’s jungle-tinged percussion which eventually evolve into an exhilarating snare-cymbal repetition in this acid trip of a video for "Yugen".

You can watch the video below although you dare risk ruining pineapple or starting a crippling addiction to the fruit:

November 29, 2013
Mmm - Volcano of Diamonds

What could be possibly tastier than the Norwegian girl pop duo’s name Mmm? Well for one, their newest single “Volcano of Diamonds” and the B-side “Oranges”, should satisfy your taste in fancy gems and natural sweetness. Like the name suggests “Volcano of Diamonds”, is an eruption of shiny, twinkly gems, and its masterfully-cut electronic production, high-pitched falsettos and vocoded sounds shimmer just as brightly as the fancy gems. The video unfortunately doesn’t feature a “Volcano of Diamonds” for obvious reasons, but is still generous with its pink smoke and slivers of silver confetti. While lacking the sheen in name only, accompanying track “Oranges” albeit slower and reverb-heavy, is just perhaps as deeply-faceted as its feature single twisting and turning around its R&B vocals. You can check out both tracks below:

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