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Our newest session contains a little magic, courtesy of the fantastical sounds of Norwegian singer, Aurora. We're not entirely sure where she came from. A single called "Awakening" would be the first time we would hear the then 17 year old singer back in 2014. The voice cutting through the Arctic beats and atmospheric synths was captivating and unforgettable. Another song, "Under Stars", would have a similar effect...the fierce, laser-cut precision of an opening synth line immediately recalling the first time we shook to the lightening shock of The Knife's "Heartbeats". Then there was her surreal performance (along side Kygo and Jason Derulo) as part of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Something interesting was happening here...so we waited to see what it was.

Fast forward to last month. The chatter in NYC was about a crippling snowstorm baring down on the city. So it seemed that our new Norwegian curiosity would, appropriately, be visiting us in the hours before the white-out conditions crippled the city...which meant we'd all be stuck inside with visions of the session that was swirling around in the brain. Today we're happy to present the video that's been on our mind every since.

I don't think we've ever met anyone like Aurora. Her curiosity always seems on overdrive. She wanted to touch the light-bulbs in our studio, pick the artists (who would be painting behind her in session) brains on their craft and inspiration, and spoke of how peculiar it is to have people listening to her music all around the globe. "It's almost like sharing your diary with people," she told us. "It is a very strange thought knowing that someone might be listening to one of my songs right now. And maybe that person is crying or running...maybe making some food? Dinner? Pancakes? Waffles? Sorry, I'm hungry..."

That's the thing about music...people insert it into moments both big and small, and in a performance of three songs from her soon-to-be-released album All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend", you can see/hear why these songs fit so perfectly into peoples' lives. They are sincere, endearing, and soaked in the best kind of melancholia. They are a little hocus pocus and we are so thrilled to share them with you.

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- Performing with two artists making art behind us was quite special.
I've never done that before and it was really lovely, and you can actually hear them walking on the floor while we're singing.
I don't know, it was nice having people doing their thing while I'm doing my thing.
It's a really good idea, having them paint... - Yeah.
- I've never done that before, it's nice.
Everything that's new is quite inspiring, isn't it? Because it's kind of unknown and it awakens your...what is it called when you are...when you're wondering, curiosity.
It awakens your curiosity, which is good.
I fall asleep in my own tears I cry for the the world, for everyone
And I build a boat to float in I'm floating away
I can't recall the last time I opened my eyes to see the world as beautiful
And I built a cage to hide in
I'm hiding, I'm trying to battle the night
Let love conquer your mind Warrior, warrior
Just reach out for the light Warrior, warrior
I am a warrior Warrior, warrior
I am a warrior Warrior, warrior of love
I stand behind the wall of people and thoughts, mind controlling
And I hold a sword to guide me I'm fighting my way
I can't recall the last time I opened my eyes to see the world as beautiful
And I built a cage to hide in
I'm hiding, I'm trying to battle the night
Let love conquer your mind Warrior, warrior
Just reach out for the light Warrior, warrior
I am a warrior Warrior, warrior
I am a warrior Warrior, warrior of love
Underneath darkened skies There's a lamp kept alight
Let love conquer your mind Warrior, warrior
Just reach out for the light Warrior, warrior
I am a warrior Warrior, warrior
I am a warrior Warrior, warrior of love
Warrior of love
I am a warrior of love Warrior of love
It's a very strange thing.
It's almost like sharing your diary with people.
But still, many of my songs are not about me, but just singing a song.
At least you don't know what people are experiencing all around the world.
And it is a strange thought, knowing that someone might be listening to one of my songs right now, and maybe that person is crying or running.
Maybe making some food, dinner.
Pancakes.
Waffles.
All sorts of lovely...sorry I'm a bit hungry. I'm running with the wolves tonight I'm running with the wolves
My first album will be named...or my first child, I guess, will be named All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend.
It's always hard to answer, to explain, the title. It kind of...in my head it takes a long...it takes many, many, many words. It's easier to describe it with 11, 12 songs.
It strikes me as a quite wonderful thing to have...you know because we all have demons.
I know it's quite a dramatical way of putting it, but we have dark memories or experiences in life and it's nice to think that maybe in the future you'll be greeted by them as a friend, and you will realize that even though they were bad, it was important that it happened.
Because you've grown as a person and you've learned a lot and... I don't know it's just, I just like them.
The atmosphere of it.
Am I doing "I'm Aurora" again, now? Or just...okay. Murder Song. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
He holds the gun against my head I close my eyes and bang I am dead
I know he knows that he's killing me for mercy
And here I go Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh Oh oh oh oh
And here I go Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh Oh oh oh oh
He holds my body in his arms He didn't mean to do no harm
And he holds me tight
Oh, he did it all to spare me from the awful
things in life that come And he cries and cries
I know he knows that he's killing me for mercy
And here I go Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh Oh oh oh oh
And here I go Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh Oh oh oh oh
He holds my body in his arms He didn't mean to do no harm
And he holds me tight
Oh, he did it all to spare me from the awful things
in life that come And he cries and cries
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
5, 4, 3, 2, 1
The gun is gone And so am I
And here I go
- I quite like it when you can hear the move...the floor. - Yeah.
- Isn't it nice when, right, when you...it's a nice sound. Making a song is definitely the most satisfying part of my life in general, I think.
It's just like dreaming.
You process everything you've seen or heard that day.
It helps me to understand what I've just experienced, or what I've seen someone else experience, and it helps me move on.
It's an amazing way to escape our reality, but it's also an amazing way to really be and live in reality.
If you feel sad, it's nice to have a song that can really emphasize that sadness and just help you and let you cry for a moment, which is it makes the moment more real.
Which I think is kind of the most important thing for me with music is that music can help you feel emotions that you need to feel unless you'll kind of blow up, at least I would, like a bomb.
When I write music it can be... I can be...it depends what mood I'm in I guess.
It can be very, like, calming and you feel like you've been meditating afterwards.
But if I write a song about something that I'm really angry or passionate or provacative...yeah that word, then I can be, it can just upset me and I'll be like very angry at the end and I have to punch a pillow or something after I've written it.
And some songs can make me really sad, which will take a longer time to write, a sad song often takes a bit of time, because you have to have some cry breaks.
Broken mornings, broken nights and broken days in between
Open ground, the sky is open, makes an open sea
Just like in fiction, in every addiction Oh fantasy's taking over, awake me
I've been looking for the conqueror But you don't seem to come my way
I've been looking for the only one But you don't seem to come my way
Broken me and broken them You are broken too
Open ears, their eyes are open Makes me call for you
But there's no seduction only destruction
Oh fantasy take me over and break me
I've been looking for the conqueror But you don't seem to come my way
I've been looking for the only one But you don't seem to come my way
I've been looking for the conqueror But you don't seem to come my way
I've been looking for the only one But you don't seem to come my way
I feel ali-li-live I feel ali-li-live
I feel ali-li-live I feel ali-li-live
I've been looking for the conqueror But you don't seem to come my way
I've been looking for the only one But you don't seem to come my way
I've been looking for the conqueror But you don't seem to come my way
I've been looking for the only one But you don't seem to come my way
I feel ali-li-live I feel ali-li-live
I've been lost, I've been found but I don't feel down
I don't feel down

Artist Bio

AURORA made her North American debut this past October at the CMJ Music Marathon. Garnering critical acclaim from The New York Times, NPR, PASTE Magazine, Pigeons and Planes and more, AURORA has quickly made a name for herself as an exciting rising star to watch. Her Running in the Wolves EP, out now, solidifies the buzz with four gorgeous, ethereal tracks that highlight her soaring vocals and unique musical arrangements.
AURORA, growing up in the small Norwegian town of Os, was first drawn to music as a young child influenced by her sisters piano playing. Coming into her own at the ripe age of 17, AURORA started performing publicly, first for her schoolmates and now at major Norwegian music festivals and radio stations AURORA has become one of Norways most talked about new artists.

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