New Music: Circumnavigate

One of the finest Scandinavian indie-pop songs you will hear all winter. Hailing from Oslo and now based in London, this four-piece outfit create emotive sounds that show fragility and vulnerability through a dreamy and beautifully structured musical landscape.

The strings on the track come from The Parallax Orchestra, who have also worked with Clean Bandit, Eminem and Dermot Kennedy.

Circumnavigate

Cham Léon – three

A fusion of techno and pop from one of Norway’s most exciting 2020 talents.

Cham Léon

Emelie Hollow – Monster

One of the most promising Norwegian talents of late (with more than 2m monthly listeners on Spotify), this new pop ballad from Emelie Hollow carries so much beauty in it’s simplicity that it just has to be heard.

Emelie Hollow

ISÁK – I’ll Do My Best

Disco and dark electro-pop come together on Norwegian outfit ISÁK’s new release.

ISÁK

New Music: Elias Salbu

A fabulous fusion of Norwegian indie, dream-pop and disco all come together to create just about the happiest song you’ll hear all day. It’s a sound that feels retro and kitsch yet endearingly charming.

“Why are you constantly wasting time?” – sounded like a cliché love drama to me and I wanted to turn it into a catchy dance party.”

Elias Salbu

Agnete – Beginning of the End

Intense yet minimal Norwegian electro-pop that carries a captivating sense of tension and darkness.

Agnete

New Music: Ola Village

Everyone needs to put whatever they are doing to one side and press play on this song.

Norwegian newcomer Ola Village debuts a playful track, that flirts between pop and that distinctive sound from 90’s indie to create something that is just pure joy; a song that reminds us that in the end, everything works out!

“This year hasn’t exactly been overwhelming with positivity, and working in music has definitely not been easy with everything going on. As a result I was gradually losing my motivation for it all. And that’s something I’ve never been even close to feeling before. At times I’d started picturing myself doing other things. Luckily that changed. After befriending the guy that mixed the single, I regained my motivation. He gave me a much-needed boost in my creative self-esteem. So, to me, the song is now really about hope. Dreaming big and also believing that you can do it. But it’s still mostly just a silly song. I mean, Kanye would never make his own lemonade.”

Ola Village

iris – lavender and heaven

There’s really not much to say about this new ballad from iris other than it’s likely to be the most beautiful thing you’ll hear all day.

iris

New Music: Angelina Jordan

I featured Angelina Jordan back in 2014 after going viral on Norway’s Got Talent at the age of just eight, through her monumental vocal talent covering a Billie Holiday classic.

It’s been a rollercoaster for the kid since, who ended up performing all over the world and sharing bills alongside the likes of PSY and Norah Jones.

Still only 14-years old, she has released her major-label debut having just signed with Republic Records, and it’s an absolute stunner. Could this be Norway’s next global household name? Most likely so!

“‘Million Miles’ is about losing someone you really love. This song is very personal to me, because I had never felt the feeling of losing someone before I wrote this.”

Angelina Jordan

New Music: Sturla

While entirely sung in Norwegian, this is one massive belter of electro-pop that just has to be heard!

Sturla

New Music: Cham Léon

This is one of the most interesting new talents to emerge out of Norway for a good while.

Cham Léon crafts a dark and twisted style of pop that is utterly mesmerising. On the one hand it’s powerfully intense and bold, while on the other playful and enchanting.

Cham Léon

New Music: BJARNE

An exciting Norwegian talent who blends alternative RnB with soul to create a sound that feels smooth, dreamy and frankly, damn romantic.

Taken from the upcoming debut album, due for release in spring 2021.

BJARNE

New Music: MARBLES

A fabulously feel-good fusion of Norwegian dream-pop and disco. On the one hand it feels charmingly retro and kitsch, while on the other it’s effortlessly cool and sleek.

“Lyrically the song speaks about a someone acting on impulse, not thinking about the consequences. Like a flying butterfly. Random and unpredictable.”

MARBLES

New Music: Frugaard

While Frugaard is a new project, the talent behind the name is Reidar Opdal, who for the past twenty years has worked behind the scenes in the music industry with some of Norway’s greatest artists.

The sound itself is a raw and experimental approach to electronica that is highly charged and atmospheric, while the vocals hauntingly chant lyricism in Norwegian that feels eery yet awe-inspiring.

Frugaard

Astrid S – Hits Different

Undoubtedly one of Norway’s biggest pop exports in recent years (she’s amassed over 2 billion streams to date), Astrid S has released new album ‘Leave It Beautiful‘ today, and each song is a shimmering slice of perfected synth pop (just like ‘Hits Different’, which is one of my personal favourites).

Astrid S

Whose Rules – Moth Meme

Quirky indie pop doesn’t get more charming than this. The entire EP is a joyride, to be honest. Give it a spin here.

Whose Rules

New Music: Oskar Nordbø

An immediately arresting piece of indie-folk that is both dark and intense, while also feeling epic and atmospheric through it’s production. The song itself is centred around the concept of ego death; the becoming through shedding of one’s own skin, and the anxiety that comes along with it.

Oskar Nordbø