It’s been a while since we heard from Danish artist Aureola, and she now returns with an invitation to join her for fun and games in her explicitly soulful R&B world with her new single Paint Me – inspired by her favourite sex toy.
Never thought we’d write that.
In comparison, Aureola’s music and soulful vocals cross the path of artists like Adele, Fiona Apple and Katie Melua. Aureola has an alluring, sensual softness and smouldering confidence to magnetise vocally and visually.
Aureola has the kind of voice that will never go out of fashion.
Behind the moniker “Aureola” is Josefine Alstrup-Mathiesen. Aureola refers to both “areola” (the nipple). It means “full-body halo” in Latin and inspired her passion for praising female sexuality – and a call to be open and celebratory instead of closed off and ashamed.
‘I wrote “Paint Me” after I spent a week in a cabin, where I found the beautiful surroundings just as inspiring as my Satisfyer Pro 2 Next Generation. I figured there wasn’t an anthem for sex toys yet; a celebration of something so joyful that has been kept secretive tucked away in a bedside table for too long.”
The music video, which was inspired by classical art references and a reimagining of Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’, aims to bring the nude female form to life, providing a delicate and poetic picture to match lyrics such as:
/ We got the sheets so soaking wet
I guess you could call it a waterbed /
“I think art and humour are our best weapons to combat shame,” says Aureola.
Breaking barriers and making us smile simultaneously, it’s easy to understand why we rate Aureola so highly.
Aureola is throwing a party at AUTOPOUL, an old auto mechanic in Copenhagen, on June 16 to celebrate the release further. Besides playing a show, there will be stands selling sex-positive jewellery, a sex toy tombola, a performance from artist WIDE, and sweet tunes provided by award-winning DJ Rosa Lux. This is a FREE event.