I really wanted to like The Band Called Oh (N) album more. Everything about it on paper ticks many of my personal creative boxes.
An album built around the concept of Guerrilla Gardening, a movement that sought to improve the urban decay of 60’s New York is certainly a brave and fascinating idea. One which weaves politics and ecology with form-shifting progressive pop, chimes with the distant echoes of soul music’s revolutionary battlecry and explores forward thinking “music as art” potential.
With that in mind, Norway’s Chris Holm and Eirik Blåsternes, return with vocalist Sisi, under their Peanut Holmes guise, with the stripped back, almost Balearic, ethereal and sensual - Ting Som Vi Gjør.
The charming video introduces us the smartly dressed, dreadlocked singer who sounds like a combination of James Brown and modern soul legend Charles Bradley.
The track introduces us to her organic sound as she makes her first official release for a global melomaniac* audience.
With her own music, and in her own words Limbo expresses Amanda's feeling of being unable to escape from the situation she's in.
If you research the artist Farida, you’d be surprised to come across an article whose author opens by expressing shock at hearing R&B from Norway. A little more research would reveal that Norwegian Soul & B&B has been on the rise for a while, thanks to artists such as Rebekka B, Bernhoft, Beady Belle, Monica Ifejilika, Nosizwe, Baba Soul, Miss Tati and many others.
For newcomers to Norwegian soul though, there’s still a mountain of joy to be found in the discovery of these artists.
A new discovery for us is the Norwegian singer Farida, who blends the melancholy of Scandinavian life with R&B and experimental beats on her debut EP, ‘The 25th Hour’ Mixtape.
Norwegian soul continues to develop and grow as 2015 finishes with another fresh name to add to our soulful Scandinavian list - Tatarius.
The Norwegian lights continue to shine bright.
Following our recent discovery of the superb album ‘Keep it Solid’, by Monica Ifejilika, we’ve now discovered a new Norwegian artist, Kevzta, who has just released his debut single Leo Ni Leo.
Heavy Heart is the latest video from Norwegian soul singer Myrna Braza and is the fifth video from her six track EP Moments.
Having listened to Norwegian singer songwriter Bernhoft’s new long player Islander for a couple of weeks now, it is important to get this out of the way from the get-go. His follow up to 2008’s Ceramik City Chronicles and 2011’s Solidarity Breaks is not strictly speaking a soul LP, it definitely has it’s soulful elements and it wears its influences firmly on each sleeve with nods from the 80s Pop, Folk, Funk and Soul worlds, but a soul LP it definitely is not.