Posts Tagged ‘icy pop’

April 19, 2018

Let’s stick around Norway for a moment and bask in the glacial beauty of Ina Wroldsen’s Sea, a taste from the singer songwriter’s new four track EP HEX, to be released on June 15th. The EP is described as deeply personal, and it features collaborations with some of today’s most forward-thinking producers, too, including Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Charli XCX), Edvard Erfjord (Little Mix), newcomer Olav Tronsmoen and George Reid (of AlunaGeorge). Her willowy, lithesome voice is utterly enchanting on the dark atmospheric, snowy ethereal song, which re-envisions The Nøkken, a Norwegian folklore tale about a lethal immortal water spirit who makes deadly contact with unsuspecting humans who can cross its path. If I were sailing the seas and heard Ina Wroldsen, I’d be drawn to her like sailors drawn to a siren. I might even face lethal immortal water spirits to get there, after all, the reward would be well worth the danger. Ina Wroldsen is also responsible for some of the biggest pop songs of the past two decades, including smash hits from Calvin Harris and Clean Bandit, as well as recent chart topping track Breathe, with Jax Jones. She’s already a huge star back home in Norway, and she’s poised to conquer the world with her exquisite voice and mystical pop. The video for Sea is a riveting visual treat that complements the song’s frosty grace and elegance. You can find the single on all major platforms, here.

January 31, 2018
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If there’s anything that makes me feel alive in the world, it’s music, and the crisp burbling, glitchy simmering fusion of sharp disco and cosmic electro-pop that oozes out of Atella’s new single Alive breaths new life into my soul. Slinky smoldering synths and the Norwegian duo’s distinctly icy Scandinavian vocals courses through our ears like a pulsing potion, engulfing our senses in amorous euphoria. Alive arrives ahead of the release of Atella’s debut EP, Beacon One, arriving next month on Eskimo Recordings. Purchase/stream Alive via major outlets, here.

June 2, 2017
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I couldn’t help but eagerly pounce on Pooma, a Finnish three piece who’ve lit up our radar with a spectacular new single named Soldier. Their electropop is intensely compelling. It builds slowly by way of a crescendo of pulsing beats and tribal drums towards an icy apex. It’s an absolutely gripping and intrepid haunting listen from the band, who’ve put out two prior singles which you can listen to on Soundcloud, here. Soldier will be on a self titled debut EP out tomorrow, June 2nd. 

April 20, 2017
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We hop over to Bergen, Norway for the exact sort of glacial enchanting pop that I can never resist from that magical region of the world. Elida Høgalmen, who likes to mix elements from genres like melancholic pop, jazz, and even Arabic music, gives us an icy enthralling yet woozy warm ballad named Winter Sun. The fantastlcal wonderland she’s taken us into is lined with a dark edge rooted in its kaleidoscopic braids. Winter Sun is like Aurora or Oh Land gone Pixx, Soak, and Lykke Li. For more of  Elida Høgalmen’s beautifully captivating music, stream her debut single The End below. Don’t be surprised if you feel melancholy and awe, all at once.

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.