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Week 41 in Review

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 10. Oct, 2014

A new Sandra Kolstad album, Mikhael Paskalev’s upcoming US tour, Sondre Lerche with Rolling Stone career summary and a very special Nordic Playlist – it’s Music Norway’s Week in Review.

‘Zero Gravity State of Mind’ – New Sandra Kolstad album out this week

Sandra Kolstad’s third album, ‘Zero Gravity State of Mind’, saw its release this week. A string of strong reviews in the domestic press is mirrored by the first international ones that are equally positive. Nothing but Hope and Passion did a nice review of the album earlier this week, awarding it a 4,5/5 score, and stating that: ‘Oslo’s finest female trailblazer returns with her third studio album and delivers a feast for the eyes and ears that also works as a smooth transition from acoustic to electronic.’

Sondre Lerche kicks off Rolling Stone vid series

Sondre Lerche is currently touring the US in support of his new album ‘Please’. This week, Rolling Stone is premiering a new video interview series titled ‘Journeys’ with Lerche being portrayed in the first episode. See how the celebrated songwriter details his journey from his Bergen childhood to touring with Elvis Costello.

Mikhael Paskalev North American tour kicks off next week

Next week sees Mikhael Paskalev heading out on a 22-date US tour in support of his new EP, ‘Sayonara Saigon’ (via Mom + Pop Music ) which is out on Oct 28th. Paskalev’s extensive tour starts on Oct 16th at Atlanta’s The Loft and ends at Chicago’s Schuba’s Tavern on Nov 21st. Full tour details with venue and showtime info HERE.
‘Sayonara Saigon’ release info HERE

Highasakite – Darth Wader

This week Highasakite revealed their new video for stand-out track ‘Darth Vader’ lifted from their celebrated album ‘Silent Treatment’. The little prat depicted in the vid isn’t exactly Darth Vader, but that doesn’t make the video less cool.
Highasakite just returned from a successful Australian tour – the 15th of November sees them playing live at the JAJAJA festival at The Great Hall in Mile End.

Christian Wallumrød Ensemble return to the UK

Next week sees Christian Wallumrød Ensemble returning to the UK for a set of live performances in York and Edinburgh. Exploring the space between different musical genres, Wallumrød’s music has moved in intriguing and boundary-breaking directions. The most recent album “Outstairs”, released in 2013, was awarded with Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) in the category for contemporary music. With backgrounds from jazz/improvised music, classical music as well as Norwegian folk music, the musicians in the ensemble bring a wealth of experience to the group sound.

Tour dates HERE.

New Nordic Playlist

In celebration of the 40th edition, the fine folks on the Nordic Playlist team have an extra special playlist in place this week!
Looking back at ten successful months, the Nordic Playlist is taking a special look at the most selected artists on the Nordic Playlist so far and tuning in to the music that has captured its curators’ attention this year. Norwegian highlights of the year includes Emilie Nicolas’ ‘Pstereo’ and Cashmere Cat’s ‘Mirror Maru’.

Listen in HERE.



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