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Week 49 in Review

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 05. Dec, 2014

Highasakite’s new video, a-ha reissues, Norwegian music tech start-ups in London and the Nordic Playlist – it’s the Music Norway’s Week in Review.

Highasakite – new video for ‘Leaving no Traces’

The last weeks have seen Highasakite topping the annual ‘Best of 2014’ critics lists at home. This week the collective celebrated by launching a new video for one of the strongest tracks lifted off their ‘Silent Treatment’ album: ‘Leaving no Traces’. The video opens with a shot of an empty, cold industrial looking loft, revealing what appears to be the only tangible thing left of broken relationship between a couple who seem to have taken on the roles of a modern Adam and Eve. Cutting between close-ups from inside the couple’s old loft and long shots of the pair looking forlorn among tropical forest projections, the vibe of this video definitely conjures up feelings of something you may have once had, but somehow lost.

a-ha album reissues in 2015

Set to coincide with next year’s a-ha reunion, Warner Music will be releasing some much anticipated a-ha packages throughout 2015. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of ‘Hunting High and Low’, a Super Deluxe Edition of the album with be available in June, re-mastered and featuring bonus content. The much anticipated series of a-ha Deluxe albums, launched in 2010, will continue with new editions of ‘Stay on these Roads’, followed by ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon’ and ‘Memorial Beach’. 2015 will also bring LP releases of ‘Hunting High and Low’ and ‘Scoundrel Days’, which are back on vinyl for the first time in years.

Music Tech: Oslo Meets Hackney 2014

Oslo meets East London and business meets pleasure this Friday at a day-long celebration of the most innovative ideas from emerging tech, music and fashion start-ups in the Norwegian capital, and their Hackney counterparts. The programme of events begins at midday at The Trampery on Old Street, and includes panel discussions on emerging Nordic tech, talks with Norwegian fashion pioneers Alexander Marthinsen of F5 and Auma founder Gloria Auma, a music tech pitching competition from innovation hub MashUP, a presentation from Unacast’s Kjarten Slette and the official launch of the Oslo Innovation Embassy. Come evening, the action moves to Hackney Central’s Oslo venue for live shows from maverick Nordic indie-pop sextet Kid Astray and dancefloor-filling DJ duo Project Fresh Socks.

Jenny Hval & Susanna announce 2015 live dates

Jenny Hval and Susanna are taking their celebrated ‘Meshes of Voice’ collaboration on tour in January and February next year.
Wrote Pitchfork in their 8,2/10 review of the duo’s album in August: ‘“….the transfixing result of a 2009 live collaboration and one of the best records of either’s career. Hval and Wallumrød, refined and distinct stylists, committed more to the value of this concept than of their own reputations. They seemed to bristle less at the the idea of being typecast as a popular female Norwegian singer than not being able to turn that expectation into something more than pretty covers of popular songs or abrasive explorations of the psyche. As immersive and deep as the lake around which it revolves, Meshes of Voice adds a new dimension to the output of both its makers.’

2015 live dates announced this week:
31. januar CTM Festival, Berlin (Tyskland)
19. februar Victoriateatern, Malmö (Sverige)
20. februar Vinterjazz, København (Danmark)

NME: The Best Albums Of 2014 – As Voted For By the Readers

It’s time for the annual rounds of Best Of Lists frenzy. The readers of NME are apparently heavily into Todd Terje’s space-disco stuff this year, his ‘It’s Album Time’ is currently No#2 (!) on the Best Albums of 2014 – as voted for by the readers. Cast your vote HERE to propel the likeable artists into No#1!

 

New Nordic Playlist – Top Tracks of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close and the Nordic Playlist prepares to celebrate its first birthday, the fine NP folks are this week taking a look at the songs that have most inspired its curators over the last year. On a weekly basis, the Nordic Playlist invites a curator to select ten of their favourite Nordic tracks, and to recommend music and artists from each of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Tune in HERE from tracks from such Norwegian acts as Emilie Nicholas and Todd Terje.

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