Posts Tagged ‘Scandi pop’

May 9, 2018

Last Friday night will truly go down in my books as an epic evening at Popscene. Not only did I get to experience the sheer pleasure of a sold out headline set by Alma, but Norwegian starlet Dagny gave a stunning performance as the opener, too. Let’s bask in the beauty of her deep, luscious voice and sway in blissful hypnosis to her new pop song, That Feeling When. The track arrives with a lovely music video which, contrary to my personal preferences for warmth, actually makes me wish I were visiting a snowy landscape. The clip was shot in Dagny’s hometown of Tromsø while its live performance footage was taken from a special performance in Oslo. 

On the new song, Dagny said: “’That Feeling When’ is my first single in 2018. The song shows another side of me as an artist, with a more melancholic, epic and atmospheric sound. It was written on an early autumn day in the studio, on my favorite instruments, the Omni chord. The inspiration for the song came from the hashtag #ThatFeelingWhen, and was written from my personal histories of not only falling in love, but also sorrow. It will be the first of two singles that will be released before the summer, and I hope that ´That Feeling When´ can create a different feeling for the listeners than my previous songs.” Like the scenery in its music video, That Feeling When’s pop is pristine. Keep up with Dagny via her website, here.

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.

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.

April 18, 2018

A “high five” is definitely in order after the epic night I just had last night. I’ve been waiting a very long time to see Norwegian pop sensation Sigrid live. The fast rising singer songwriter is was named BBC Sound of 2018 earlier this year, which made me kick myself even harder for having to miss out on her few performances at SXSW back in 2017 (most of them were before I’d arrived into Austin). I didn’t expect to have a chance to see her at the Independent in San Francisco, considering how easily she could have sold out an even bigger venue, but that’s exactly where I found myself last night, thoroughly captivated by the songbird’s pristine voice, sassy dance moves, and glorious pop songs. It’s only proper that we indulge in the Scandinavian starlet’s latest single High Five today, while I’m still aglow from the show. Her crisp sonorous voice and the melodious song’s ravishing drumwork bring me right back to last night’s exultant bliss. Will we get a debut album announcement soon? I sure hope so! If you’re not on I Heart Moosiq’s Instagram yet, make sure you follow along with some of our live music adventures, here! Check it out our footage from Sigrid’s sold out show for a taste of how amazing she is live. Stream High Five and some of Sigrid’s other recent singles on Spotify, here.

April 4, 2018
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I can never resist the lissome vocals and glacial allure of Scandinavian electro-pop, so it comes as no surprise that my ears are still totally enamored with Finland’s Olivera. But No More defies our usual Scandi-pop expectations with its warm blushing, wavy glistening synthpop. It’s a nostalgia laden, plush stirring anthem that could easily melt all the glaciers in the Arctic Circle, part Carly Rae Jepsen and part Betty Who, with a playful, honeyed 80s lilt. All we want is more of No More, a song that really pops and crackles like fireworks. On production duty is none other than IHM praised talent, Lenno. You find No More on all major platforms, here.

March 12, 2018
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HALIE, or young 17 year old Norwegian siren Hannah Emilie Grung, casts a supple and limber spell on us with her second single, Youth. We’re delivered into the arms of lissome pop bliss by the beatific track and HALIE’s enchanting voice. Slivers of Maggie Rogers, Sigrid, and Grace Mitchell course through the endearing ditty, a sanguine and crystalline anthem that infuses us with some much needed youth. It seems unbelievable that HALIE is as of yet still unsigned, but this will be changing soon, I’m sure. You can also stream Youth via Spotify, here.

January 25, 2018

We’ve been fans of Swedish electropop artist Karin Park for years, and it boggles my mind how we missed out on the news of a project she’s now involved in, named Pandora Drive. Fortunately, we’ve stumbled across last month’s lyric video for the trio’s single Albino Heart, a slick pulsing, stringy lush, dark and cinematic combination of icy ethereal synthpop, deep house, and gothy electropop. The atmospheric song is just what tickles our fancy, a dusky engrossing anthem and an undeniably catchy introduction to this new iteration of Pandora Drive with Karin Park. Albino Heart is available from iTunes, here.

January 25, 2018

Though I’m still rather dejected over the retirement of Swedish experimental electro-pop collective The Knife, I’ve been elated for the past few months over the return of Karin Dreijer Andersson’s other project, Fever Ray, who’d been silent for well over eight years before the sudden release of her sophomore album Plunge. Fever Ray’s strange and esoteric, dark and edgy electropop, much rooted in the macabre and gothic, is right up my alley, and I can’t get enough of Andersson’s new music. Today, Fever Ray shares a music video for Plunge track Wanna Sip, giving us some sinister and eerie visuals to go along with the icy droning, glitchy needling song. Fever Ray also announced a North American tour this week, which concludes in Oakland on May 26th at the Fox Theater. You can count on my presence at that show. It’s going to be a magnificent experience, no doubt. I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of my CD copy of Plunge next month, too. You can grab your own, here.

January 17, 2018
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Perfect is a decorous name for a song like this bedazzling single from 17 year old Swedish pop artist ISA, who’s just started releasing music under her own label. With a honeyed, glassy voice bursting with power, she takes us across the skies and beyond with her ethereal billowing, synth surging electropop masterpiece, an arresting examination of our tendency to focus on perfection. ISA states: “Perfect is both a statement and a self-reminder. I’ve been spending too much time and energy trying to be perfect in the eyes of others, and I see it as a continuous process daring to challenge and question norms, ideals and, first and foremost, oneself. You don’t have to be perfect – so what?” Perfect can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

January 9, 2018

A new acoustic video from Swedish artist Clara Mae has keyed us into her recent single, whose official video has broken out with well over half a million streams on YouTube. You can view the gorgeous acoustic video for the stringy, stripped down version of I’m Not Her below, but let’s turn our attention to the sugar coated electro pop original above. Steely throbbing electronica and vivacious beats intertwine with Clara Mae’s honeyed, kittenish voice on this immediately infectious gem. We’ve shared many an electronic bop with Clara Mae on guest vocals, but I’m Not Her more than proves her draw as a soloist. I’m Not Her is out now on Big Beat, stream/purchase, here.