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Week 38 in Review

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 19. Sep, 2014

Ylvis’ new viral offering, Årabrot returning after a hiatus, Monica Heldal with US album release, a new Nordic Playlist and Mikhael Paskalev’s October US campaign – it’s our week in review.

Ylvis debut Fox follow-up

After making half the globe sound like foxes, Ylvis and hit making machine Stargate are back. In their latest (hopefully) viral vid ‘Trucker’s Hitch’, the two struggle with a knot. Will this be another Billboard chart-topper for the duo?

Monica Heldal – ‘Boy from the North’ US release

Monica Heldal’s applauded ‘Boy from the North’ album sees its US release this week via ADA. Later this autumn, Monica is teaming up with the John Butler Trio for a 19-date US tour. Says Heldal: – This will be my first time in the U.S. and I’m really looking forward to it,” she excitedly tells us. “I can’t wait to play the shows over there and I’m really lucky to be joining the Last Bison on a couple of dates, and also going on tour with the John Butler Trio. I am looking forward to experiencing an American audience and doing some sightseeing around the cities we’re visiting.
More on her US album launch and tour HERE.

Team Me premiere new video

Earlier this autumn, Team Me released their sophomore album in Scandinavia; ‘Blind As nigh’. Adding to a string of strong tracks and videos is this week’s new single ‘Kick & Curse’ – shot on location in the home town of the likable six-piece collective. Team Me are currently in the midst of a domestic tour, and announced earlier this week a lengthy European tour kicking off in Manchester on Feb 18th and ending on March 14th in Prague.
Full tour details HERE.

Maja Ratkje bound for Paris

An opportunity for the French audiences to experience cutting-edge vocal art: Sep 23rd sees composer/vocalist Maja Ratkje performing in Paris with The Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris at Cité de la musique. Maja Ratkje has performed globally with her fascinating sonic palette. Blurring the boundaries between sound and music, with the only distinction being the human ear as audience and the conscious creation and placement of sounds, Maja Ratkje challenges the listener in every possible way – don’t miss out if you happen to be in Paris.

More on Ratkje’s Paris live appearance HERE.

Årabrot back with new track & video

A much-welcomed come-back this week. After Årabrot’s Kjetil Nernes has battled, and since recovered from throat cancer over the last year, this week’s release of their new track ‘The Grip of The Family, A Cinch’ and accompanying video comes as a highly positive sign of life. Noisey is premiering Årabrot’s new track and video this week – Oct. 13 sees the release of Årabrot’s new mini-album ‘I Modi‘.

More on the upcoming album HERE.

Mikhael Paskalev with new US EP release and tour dates

This week, Mikhael Paskalev announced the US release of a new EP, ‘Sayonara Saigon’ (via Mom + Pop Music ) on Oct 28th, and a 22-date North American tour in support of the release kicking off on Oct 16.

‘Sayonara Saigon’ release info and tour dates HERE.

Folkelarm coming up

Next week, Oslo is the epicenter for Scandiavian folk/traditional/world-music as industry convention/showcase festival Folkelarm kicks off for three days of concerts, seminars and music industry networking events. Music Norway will be there – co-ordinating the event’s network program.
Listen in on the not-to-be-missed Folkelarm playlists HERE.

Highasakite announce US live dates in late autumn

Currently touring Australia, Highasakite announced a string of US live dates this week. Released earlier in 2014, the Highasakite’s sophomore album ‘Silent Treatment’ reached No#1 on the Norwegian album charts in Jan. Since then the band has toured extensively in Europe, North America and Asia in support of the critically acclaimed album. Highasakite are also confirmed to play November’s Ja Ja Ja Festival in London.

Tour dates HERE.

New Nordic Playlist

This week’s curator of the Nordic Playlist is Iceland’s magnificent Ólöf Arnalds.
As Norwegian entries on the lastest Nordic Playlist, Arnalds has chosen two classic tracks from the last decade: Madrugada’s ‘Lift Me’ (feat. Ane Brun) and Thomas Dybdahl’s ‘But We Did’. Listen to it HERE.