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.