Across the tracks is where I reside. Never one to be tied to a genre my listening playlist looks like a confectionary pick and mix selection. There’s unparalleled beauty in music. And just like Scandinavian soul music itself, it the innovative mixes of influences and instrumentation which continue to intrigue. Dip your hand in our soulful selections, and you’ll never know what you’ll pull out.
Emerging with dark R&B with electro-pop is Norwegian/French artist L.U:N.A with her debut EP Mon Anomi.
L.U:N.A is a 20-year-old artist born in Chamonix (France) and raised in Bergen (Norway). Lyrically she combines the languages Norwegian and French in a unique and innovative mix (European nordic soul?).
Dramatic, and sensual L.U:N.A invites you into her world, and her soundscapes are dramatic, electric and genre-bending – interwoven with revelations about her inner struggles. Despite not being able to translate the language this still comes through in her empathetic tone, beats and dynamics. The cover art is eerie and the night shot features a rather large wolf behind her. Its meaning could be deciphered as the taming of the beast or the menace always lurking in your nightmares.
In the single Anomi, she describes the symptoms and after-effects of a panic attack. (see video below)
The artists first ‘official’ release flows with a hushed vocal, atmospherically dark beats and moves with the rhythmic tempo of breathing. Her artful portrayal evokes and ensnares visually too.
Norwegian sung single Gjenforent is caressingly soft, and an atmosphere of a historic church surrounding swept over me. My personal fave is La meg gå. Crafted together with a succulent baseline and sweet guitar chords, the french sung single chorus is catchy and yet echos like whispers in mind.
Paranoia i tåken takes a futuristic soundscape. The synth bass kicks in with a hypnotic, otherworldly essence and the production, including the song Outro, is utterly immersive. L.U: N.A’s nordic fusion compares to the playfulness of Björk enhanced a rich array of cultural influences and R&B reflections.
The six-track EP is undefined and undefinable by genre.
L.U:N.A has landed with an ‘EP of the year’ contender.
The six-track EP is undefined and undefinable by genre. L.U:N.A has landed with an 'EP of the year' contender.