The last weeks of the year is the season of ‘Best of’ lists and chart summaries – the last week has seen plenty of action in these departments at home and abroad with acts such as Nico & Vinz, Cashmere Cat and Sondre Lerche faring well on Billboard charts and Pitchfork ‘Best of’ lists. We’ve summed up some of the main action over the last seven days in our Week in Review feature.
The Line of Best fit premieres new Sea Change track
February sees the release of Sea Change’s debut album ‘Breakage’. This week, The Line of Best Fit ran an exclusive premiere of Sea Change’s new lead single ‘Above’ and talked to Ellen A. W. Sunde on her new outing. Sea Change will headline London’s Sebright Arms on 27 February in support of the album release
Billboard: 10 most surprising breakout hits of 2014
In Billboard.com’s 2014 retrospective feature ’10 most surprising breakout hits’, Nico & Vinz join the likes of Disclosure, Magic and Charli XCX as acts that have delivered surprise hit tracks over the last year. Nico & Vinz’ US success is firmly evidenced when going through the 2014 Charts Year End – the two are featured on virtually all of the multitude of charts.
Pitchfork – Cashmere Cat among 2014’s best music videos
The fantastic video for Cashmere Cat’s standout track ‘Wedding Bells’ has made it to Pitchfork’s list of 2014’s best music videos. Writes Pitchfork’s Ryan Dombal: ‘Director Peter Marsden and Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat flip things around here, serving up a music video that looks like a trailer—replete with SoundCloud comments (“Cashmere Cat is a girl,” “LOL no he’s a guy”) standing in for critical hosannas—that’s more enjoyable than most full-length features.
Science Nordic: Rap music has found a place in Norwegian culture
Norwegian rap music is no longer a mere copy of the American genre, according to research. Birgitte Sandve, from the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo, has assessed the rap artists Jesse Jones, Lars Vaular and Karpe Diem, analysing concerts, lyrics, music videos and how they are portrayed in the media. The researcher’s conclusion is that Norwegian rappers have made the American genre their own. Read on HERE to learn more on how hip-hop in Norway has evolved into a sub-genre of its own.
Popmatters – Sondre Lerche’s ‘Please’ among 2014’s best
Popmatters have summed up 2014 and selected their favourite releases of the last year. Sondre Lerche’s ‘Please’ makes it onto the prestigious list with the site declaring that: ‘…Please finds him taking a bold step forward as a songwriter both sonically and lyrically. We’ve never gotten this level of emotional honesty from Lerche before, which is the main reason why Please bears all the hallmarks of a songwriter’s masterpiece.’
Kygo – sold out European tour!
Kygo is currently in the midst of a highly successful European tour – so successful, in fact, that the entire tour is now sold out. Earlier this year we reported that the young producer/DJ/remixer sold out his debut US tour, and now he has recreated the same feat on European soil.
Drowned in Sound – strong review for Nils Bech’s ‘One Year’
This week, the Nordic Playlist are taking a look back over the events of 2014 with Johanna and Klara Söderberg of fine Swedish duo First Aid Kit. The Söderbergs have chosen Susanne Sundfør and Kings of Convenience as their Norwegian favourites of the year.