Articles tagged norway

Shining: Blackjazz From the Band at the Edge of the World

For a band so out on a limb, so close to the edge of experimentation, to have come so close to mainstream success is a minor miracle.

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1 Jun 2016 // 9:00 AM

Highasakite: Camp Echo

Thanks to Ingrid Håvik's versatile and charmingly eccentric voice, Highasakite's Camp Echo stands apart from the glut of other indie synth-rock records vying for attention

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Norway’s ‘The Wave’ Shows Hollywood How to Make Disaster Film With Real Thrills

The Wave unpacks its plot with all deliberate speed, squeezing every possible ounce of jeopardy and peril out of the buildup to and aftermath of the Big One.

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17 Jun 2015 // 2:15 AM

Jaga Jazzist: Starfire

Starfire's Daft Punk-style synth lines scattered inside bold big-band arrangements affirm Jaga Jazzist’s command of style, but confirms the price of crossover success.

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17 Jun 2015 // 2:10 AM

Arcturus: Arcturian

The veteran avant-prog band returns with a release that doesn't always live up to its potential but is still better than half of what you streamed this morning.

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Per Petterson’s Tales of Innocence and Experience

Petterson's closely-knit stories sadly and beautifully reveal the passage from boyish innocence to "manhood", and show us what it means to be a man.

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Sondre Lerche - “Sentimentalist” (audio)

"Sentimentalist", the stunning, emotionally wrenching centerpiece to Sondre Lerche's forthcoming pop masterpiece Please, is available to stream through Brooklyn Vegan.

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22 May 2013 // 11:06 PM

Shining: One One One

Shining have followed up its career-defining masterwork, Blackjazz, with the exuberant One One One, which takes its unparalleled sonic and places it within the framework of the pop album.

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Deleted Waveform Gatherings: Pretty Escape

The ambition of Pretty Escape is admirable, it but also reveals a gap between what the band is and what they seem to want to be.

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Ane Brun: It All Starts With One

The Norwegian's new album might be remembered as the moment she took her seriousness a step too far.

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‘Trollhunter’: The Challenges of Keeping a Giant Secret

The striking troll effects are a technical achievement, but the characters only generate mild interest.

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Something Real: An Interview with Thomas Dybdahl

The Norwegian folk singer has been dodging Nick Drake comparisons all his life, but now, with his first-ever US release (despite a ton of albums to his name), Thomas Dybdahl feels like he's breaking through for the first time ...

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18 Jan 2011 // 9:59 PM

Supersilent: 10

Improvised soundscapes from a group impressively in sync, in a more somber setting than usual.

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Motorpsycho: Heavy Metal Fruit

What if Spinal Tap's Jazz Odyssey was actually superb?

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15 Jun 2010 // 9:00 AM

20 Questions: Casiokids

Norway's latest dance-pop export has songs so catchy, they don't even feel they need to re-record their tracks in English to appeal to US listeners, and as this 20 Questions reveals, a love of all things Woody Allen, a penchant for stealing keyboards, and a wish to travel to Greece are just part of what drives this fascinating, delightful breaking band ...

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by:Larm 2009: Hot Music from the Frost-Bitten North

Despite the cold conditions and snow-filled streets, Scandinavia’s premier music festival was a warm and welcoming affair, affording time to not only see some top notch music, but also explore Oslo as well.

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In Cod We Trust & Magic Bus

Where else in the world can one find a town called Hell, a German U-Boat-turned-bowling alley, and Vinmonopolet, government-run wine and liquor stores?

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26 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Frigg: Economy Class

The musicians in Frigg shoot along in tandem, rather than slide eelishly around one another in interlacing patterns, as the members of some other Nordic groups do.

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By:Larm 2008: Pining For the Fjords

PopMatters surveys the smorgasbord of Scandinavian pop, metal and everything in between at the by:Larm Festival in Oslo, Norway. Great music, splendid weather, $12 beers and lots of hot dogs later, we emerge already looking forward to next year.

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13 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Datarock: Datarock Datarock

Two years later, the US finally gets to join the Datarock party.

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"To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the hit franchise, PopMatters seeks submissions about Star Trek, including: the TV series, from The Original Series (TOS) to the highly anticipated 2017 new installment; the films, both the originals and the J.J. Abrams reboot; and ancillary materials such as novelizations, comic books, videogames, etc.

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