Posts Tagged ‘AURORA’

May 9, 2018

We’re always met by glacial grandeur and flawlessly ethereal vocals when it comes to Aurora, the Norwegian musician who’s been an IHM favorite for several years now. As expected, Aurora Aksnes has become a much beloved artist in that time, and she’s preparing to release a new album to follow up on her much praised 2016 debut, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend. The free spirited artist has shared a magnificent new song named Queendom, whose video is as fanciful and other worldly as we’ve come to expect from Aurora. Queendom is majestic and regal, with a wonderfully vernal vibrancy. And it only seems appropriate that she’d release a song named Queendom, considering the fact that she’s struck us as an ice princess or snow queen (of the benevolent kind) since day one. Queendom celebrates diversity and differences, it’s a festive revelry of a plumed beauty. New music from Aurora always feels like a blessing we are not worthy of. She’s as magical and magnanimous as they come. Stream/download Queendom, here.

January 27, 2017

It’s very rare form for us to share a studio performance video as a feature here on IHM, but I’m far too enamored with gifted Norwegian musician Aurora and her bewitching cover of legendary trip hop band Massive Attack’s classic tune, Teardrop. Her glacial enchanting aesthetic and her lissome ethereal voice are perfect fits for the well loved song. Though there are plenty of other Teardrop covers I love (ie. José González’s, here), this one quickly rises to the top. Aurora performed the cover for triple j’s Like A Version sessions. Oh, how I’d love to hear this in person.

July 19, 2016
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July 18, 2016

Los Angeles based producer Marc Kinchen’s latest masterful electronic re-work is a re-imagination of Norwegian glacial pop enchantress AURORA’s beautiful I Went Too Far. The remix comes on the heels of MK’s latest original production, Piece Of Me with Becky Hill, and its a serene sailing electronic re-production of the gem. Its supple layers of gentle chords and plump beats combine with AURORA’s pure and immaculate voice for a chilling experience. 

July 6, 2016

There’s no denying that part of the magic of AURORA’s magnetism lies in watching her emotive delivery of her glacial enchanting songs. Therefore, a new Aurora Aksnes video is always cause for celebration. As always, she gives us a riveting and expressive performance in the wondrous video for I Went Too Far, leaving us with the impression that she’s from another time and place a long way removed from our mundane, everyday life. I Went Too Far is AURORA’s latest emotive and bewitching single from beautiful debut album My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend. AURORA will be heading back to North America this month in support of that album playing shows and festivals including Panorama, Lollapalooza, and Osheaga. She’ll also be stopping by Howard Stern on July 25th to perform her incredible cover of Bowie’s Life On Mars. Having experience the immensity of her live show myself, I highly recommend you catch her while you can, particularly if you get to do so in a more intimate setting.  

April 5, 2016
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I was incredibly excited to receive my copy of Aurora’s debut album, All My Demons Greeting Me As a Friend, earlier this month. In fact, I was looking forward to the full length so much that I even ordered a CD from overseas, one signed by the enchanting Norwegian pop artist herself. Sure enough, the album was a captivating, spellbinding journey of magic and wonder. Let’s revisit the album lead single Conqueror to celebrate that fact, but this Conqueror is drenched in dusky, shadowy electronic beauty by French producer Kartell. He takes Aurora into an ocean of deep melodic groove and soft, haunting future beats on a gorgeously soothing remix, even adding in a shifty surprise at the end that totally flips the mood. There’s a forest lushness to this remix that takes me on a night time walk through a dimly lit, dreamy world full of nocturnal life. 

February 17, 2016

On March 11th, Norwegian pop artist Aurora will deliver us her debut album, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, on Glassnote Records, and all signs point towards it being a chart climbing work of magical music art. IHM has been along for quite the ride with Aurora, even getting a honorable mention in one of her early interviews for a Scandinavian magazine. It was obvious from the start that this young talent was going to mesmerize the world, and she’s on the cusp of doing just that as more and more people take notice. This week, Aurora released a music video for her most recent single, the regal and luminous Conqueror. As always, her videos need not be flashy, as Aurora herself is emits such magical charm and charisma. I’m much fortunate to have caught her last year at an intimate Popscene in San Francisco, where she commanded the stage effortlessly. Aurora’s debut album can be pre-ordered on iTunes.

January 18, 2016

AURORA continues her steady ascent to pop stardom with yet another polished spellbinder, an aptly named tune named Conqueror. The Norwegian songbird captivates and spellbinds again on the enchanting, majestic electronic pop gem. I add it to my growing list of AURORA songs and covers she’s done that I love as I look forward to her debut album, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, out March 11th on Glassnote Records. Are you ready for a phenomenal AURORA year? I am.

November 13, 2015

Norwegian pop starlet AURORA is always enchanting and commanding, whether mystically delivering her own originals or lulling us with her incredible covers. She makes those songs all her own, something you can hear clearly on her latest video for her version of Oasis’ Half The World Away. The cover was originally heard on UK retailer John Lewis’ 2015 Christmas Ad, Man On The Moon, but today, we get the full track with an official video. As before, we don’t need very much in an AURORA video. She’s mesmerizing all on her own, crystalline voice, expressive gestures, and all. It’s a delicate and melancholic Half The World Away she offers us. AURORA recently performed for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, too, a show that has been close to my heart for many, many years. I was excited to find out she’d been at the NPR offices, and sure enough, her Tiny Concert episode is exquisite. Stream it on NPR. The cover is available on iTunes via Glassnote Records.

August 26, 2015

I’ve already watched so many different acoustic videos of Norwegian dark princess of pop AURORA performing her haunting song Murder (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) on YouTube, and even caught her performing it live earlier this year, but nothing prepared me for this riveting new music video. Starkly simple yet thoroughly riveting, AURORA transfixes me fully with both the melancholic beauty of the song as well as her twitchy motions and emphatic expressions in the clip. Cold and twisted Murder (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) is oddly tender and heartrending despite its theatrical qualities. I can’t wait for what comes next from this brilliant artist, who’s sure to be a huge sensation soon.