As 2014 is coming to an end, it’s time to look at best releases this year. The Norwegian daily Dagsavisen has asked 67 music and culture journalists from several media outlets in Norway to cast their vote on the best releases of the year. This list consist of the top ten Norwegian albums, and not surprisingly, Highasakite’s second album ‘Silent Treatment’ came out on top.
It has been a tremendous year for Highasakite. They’ve toured Europe, USA and Australia, where they’re set for another round in early 2015. Their second album ‘Silent Treatment’ was released in February, and has kept heavy rotation since. The album is one of the most sold albums in Norway this year. After 44 consecutive weeks, ‘Silent Treatment’ is #20 on the album sales chart and has been named the most streamed Norwegian album on borth WiMP and Spotify.
She took everyone’s breath at by:Larm, and followed up with a just as strong concert at Øyafestivalen this August, despite only having released two singles. Emilie Nicolas had much to live up to on her debut album and she exceeded them all. An unanimous mass of critiques praised the self produced album as one of the strongest of the year. Set for international release in the beginning of next year and a part of Line of Best Fit’s One To Watch 2015 the upcoming year is set to be a great for Nicolas.
Several media outlets across the world has Todd Terje’s first album It’s Album Time in the top of their highlights of 2014. Few other Norwegian acts has received the amount of international attention as Todd Terje this year. After “teasing” us all for ten years, It’s Album Time was released in April and was met with great reviews across the world and earning him a “best new music” mark at Pitchfork. Looking at his upcoming shows in 2015, it’s clear that the demand for Todd Terje is still going strong.
#4 Torgeir Waldemar – Torgeir Waldemar
As a comet we were hit by the debut album from the americana, country and folk singer Torgeir Waldemar. An album that portrays anxiety, sorrow and longing through a dark and intense production. Recorded in a church in Oslo, the sound provides perfect harmony to the Waldemar’s sore lyrics.
#5 Thea Hjelmeland – Solar Plexus
Thea Hjelmeland’s second album is a grand album that mix pop, world and electronic with strong and sore personal lyrics. Hjelmeland sing of death, loneliness and love. Solar Plexus is described as a rare Norwegian pop album that takes the listener from Cuba, Paris and through the Nordic woods. A journey that made Solar Plexus one of most acclaimed albums this year.
#6 Store P – Regnmannen
#7 I Was a King – Isle of Yours
#8 Jenny Hval & Susanna – Meshes of Voice
#9 Røyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
#10 Dagens Ungdom – Dagens Ungdom