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The week in review

Posted: 15. Nov, 2013

A round-up of the last week’s news stories, release info, videos and oddities relating to the Norwegian music scene.

A new weekly feature, our round-up of Norwegian music industry-related news stories aims at displaying the breadth of activity on the scene.

While mid-November isn’t peak season for new releases or massive festival tours, there’s still plenty going down at home and abroad:

Highasakite announce new album details

Following a year of hectic touring at home and abroad in support of their celebrated debut ‘All that floats will rain’, Highasakite announced this week release details for their sophomore album: ‘Silent Treatment’ is set for a Feb 19th release next year through Propeller Recordings.


Enslaved tour Australia & awarded Decibel Mag Hall of Fame status

Enslaved recently made their live debut down under in Australia. For those proficient in Norwegian (or content with a Google Translate version) can enjoy a superbly entertaining tour report HERE.

This week, Decibel Magazine included Enslaved’s ‘Below the Lights’ into their ‘Decibel Top 100 Black Metal Albums of All Time’ Hall of Fame.

Quietus reviews Jenny Hval

Just back from a successful US tour, Jenny Hval woke up to a fantastic review in the Quietus this Thursday. Writes Thomas May: ‘Innocence Is Kinky is a remarkable album, one which delves beneath the surface and returns with something both seductive and strange.’

Full review HERE.

Allaboutjazz.com praise for Nils Petter Molvær

John Kelman (the author of musicnorway.no’s most popular article to date ‘Music from Norway: Just How Important Is It, Really? ), has posted a favourable review of Nils Petter Molvær’s latest outing (after the break-up of his trio w/Stian Westerhus & Erland Dahlen) with Moritz von Oswald: 1/1. Writes Kelman: ‘1/1’s marriage of Oswald and Laurens von Moritz’s brooding electronica with Molvær’s intricate melodism makes for a surprising, late-in- the-year sleeper hit.

Full review HERE.


Mikael Paskalev: UK/Irish tour and 7/10 NME review

Mikael Paskalev is heading out on a six-date UK/Irish tour on Nov 18th with gigs in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Dublin and Bristol. This week, Paskalev was awarded with a strong 7/10 review in NME for his ‘I Spy EP’. Writes Rhian Daly: ‘Across four tracks Paskalev shows off his ability to take on different musical styles from the lusty Bob Dylan narrative of ‘Susie’ to the grand folk of ‘Dust’. It could get him a long way’.

Australian tour dates for March 2014 were also announced this week. More info HERE.

Aurora Aksnes signs German publishing deal

Young up-and-coming artist Aurora Aksnes recently signed a publishing deal with Budde Music Germany, a deal that is a direct result of Music Norway’s Central Europe office in Berlin’s efforts. Initial contact between the two parties was initiated by Music Norway, and has now resulted in a concrete result. International A&R of Budde Music: ‘We are very proud of having this opportunity to work with this exceptionally talented songwriter and look very much forward to be surprised by her in the near future. Budde Music’s aim is to aid her in her development both as a songwriter as well as an artist.’
Further details on the deal HERE (in Norwegian).

Fysisk Format w/successful UK label night

Hard-hitting indie-label Fysisk Format brought along acts Årabrot, Haust and Dark Times for a London label night recently. Clash Music’s Luke Slater was there and has posted a thorough review of the three acts featured.

Ja Ja Ja Festival 

Last weekend saw the first ever Ja Ja Ja Festival take place in the iconic venue of the Roundhouse, Camden. The well-attended festival was a two-day celebration of Nordic culture, where guests were invited to experience not only the sounds of the region, but the tastes, sights and films too.The weekend hosted eighteen Nordic bands over two days, and all of the sets were captured and streamed live on the Roundhouses’ website. A selection Watch live footage of the live shows of Truls and Kid Astray HERE.

Full festival report (in Norwegian) HERE.


Cecilie Ore interviewed by the Guardian

The Guardian has interviewed composer Cecilie Ore ahead of the premiere of her new choral work ‘Come to the Edge!’ at the HCMF this week described by the composer as ‘ an homage to the brave members of Pussy Riot’. The 24-minute piece, ‘Come to the Edge!’, has been commissioned by Radio 3 and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, where it receives its premiere this weekend. This unique political cantata interleaves statements made by the three convicted members of Pussy Riot with famous declarations on the subject of free speech from sources including George Washington, Shakespeare and comedian Lenny Bruce:

Release of the Week: Torgny ‘Oil Panic’

Former vocalist of now-defunct hardcore act Amulet, Torgny Amdam released his second solo-album this week. Torgny’s musical output is more electronica-tinged and subdued now, says the vocalist/producer: ‘The songs sound like late period disco meets early hip hop with a NY hardcore / punk influence, and all filtered through a post-modern haze.’


More Norwegian acts confirmed for EurosonicMore Norwegian acts confirmed for Eurosonic

Emilie Nicolas and Andre Bratten are already confirmed for the 2014 Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival. This week the key Dutch festival/music industry convention also announced that Electric Eye, Trippy Turtle and Farao are added to the line-up.

Pop-up scene burgeoning

While not strictly music-related, this BBC article covers Oslo’s burgeoning scene of start-up companies. Centred around the creative hub of MESH, a wealth of creative, small business ventures (several of which with strong ties to the music industry) are popping up, helping to debunk the myth of Norway as a country of a oil-fuelled, heavily-subsidized workforce that work short hours.

Winger for the weekend: Jimmy Kimmel on Norwegian slow-TV

A now for something completely different: The term ‘slow-TV’ has become something of a Norwegian media phenomena in later years, with massive viewer audiences following minute-by-minute broadcasts of boat journeys along the coast, lengthy railway crossings and even a full night programme devoted to firewood, bonfires etc. A recent knitting marathon on national TV also resulted in huge ratings, leading to an inevitable Jimmy Kimmel parody of the slow-TV phenomena:


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