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Week 19 in Review

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 09. May, 2014

A stunning new Sandra Kolstad video, Highasakite Asian tour dates, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra’s new profile composer and the weekly Nordic Playlist – it’s the Music Norway’s Week in Review.

‘Rooms’ – new Sandra Kolstad video

This week saw Sandra Kolstad premiering a new video for her track ‘Rooms’, the first teaser from her upcoming album ‘Zero Gravity State Of Mind’. The follow-up to 2012′s ‘(Nothing Lasts) Forever’ is set for a release in the fall of 2014. Premiered by Noisey and Nothing but Hope and Passion, the vid features Kolstad set in an imaginary world in between a summer dream and a veritable color overdose, with the artist turning into a form of magical creature that hides in the wallpaper – recommended watching.

Molvær’s Lucid Dream

Following the successful release of his latest solo album ‘Switch’, trumpeter/composer Nils Petter Molvær takes on a new challenge in May with his sound/visual art installation ‘Lucid Dream’. NPM leaves the stage and takes his world of dense atmospheric sounds out into nature. ‘Lucid Dream’ is a one-of-a-kind new audiovisual installation, set for a premiere in Benrath, DE on 27 May, whose unique character is constituted by its geographical location and the cultural-historical dimension of the forest. In Molværs vision sounds, lights and images are united to become a walk-in installation, where the atmosphere changes between the purity and truthfulness of beauty and its dangerous, destructive side. The next destination for the work/installation is the 2015 Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.

More on Lucid Dream HERE.

 Prins Thomas III reviews in

Since its release in late April, Prins Thomas III has garnered a string of favourable reviews. Pitchfork rated the album a 7.4 and writes: ‘…there’s a lot of stuff that’s danceable, only in a more abstract way. Hermansen hasn’t given up on the party; he’s just moved it someplace further out.’

Beats and Beyond gives the album an 8.5/10 rating and states: ‘‘III’ can be seen as a landmark in Prins Thomas’ career. Packed to the brim with tunes that excel in creativity, craftsmanship and songwriting, the album as a whole is a spectacular and psychedelic journey through a wide variety of genres. An absolute must-hear, we say…

Moddi train-tour

Artist Moddi is recently completed a pretty unique European tour: the environmentally conscious singer/songwriter eschewed traditional fossil-fuelled modes of transport and relied on trains to get him to the cities on the extensive tour itinerary. Along the way, the artist documented the unique tour in a series of video diary entries that are well worth watching.
More on the tour, as well as a download-offering of the aptly titled track ‘Train Song’ HERE.

Highasakite Asian tour dates

Adding to a busy spring and summer itinerary, Highasakite announced more Asian tour dates this week. Following a mid-May mini US tour and a live appearance in Tallinn, the collective is set to play a string of gigs in Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo in June:

June 17th – Music Zone, HK, Hostess Club – Hong Kong
June 18th – Taipei, Legacy, Hostess Club – Taipei, Taiwan
June 21st – Tokyo, Studio Coast, Hostess Club Weekender – Tokyo, Japan

On Fri, iTunes Australia declared Highasakite’s ‘Since Last Wednesday’ ‘Single of the Week’.

Henrik Hellstenius – 2014/15 OPO profile composer

Launched in 2012, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Profile Composer programme puts the orchestra’s spotlight on noted Norwegian composers. For the 2014/15 seasons, Henrik Hellstenius will be featured on the concert programmes of the Oslo orchestra at home and abroad as the OPO Profile Composer. In addition to concert programme exposure, the composer has also received a commission for a new work titled ‘Loven (The Law) – a multi-media work set for a 27 November premiere to coincide with the centennial anniversary of Norway’s Constitution. Says Hellstenius on the assignment: – It is a privilege for a composer to gain a wider exposure through a whole year – I’m delighted to be given this opportunity.

Nordic Playlist

A fitting end to a week devoted to the Eurovision Song Contest Final in Copenhagen: For the latest Nordic Playlist, the 2006 winners; Lordi, have been invited to curate their very own playlist of Nordic favourites. The Finnish iconic hard rock outfit chose TNT’s classic 80’s anthem ’10 000’ lovers and glam-kings Wig Wam’s ‘Do Ya Wanna Taste It’ as their personal Norwegian favourites.

Listen to the latest Nordic Playlist HERE.