House By The Lake - 'National Park'
House by the Lake is a hidden pearl among the many indie folk acts nowadays. Behind the artist name, stands singer songwriter Sondre Strandskog Arnesen, who with this delivers a lovely acoustic folk-pop track. It sounds like if Fleet Foxes and The Hollies had a baby. Full of yearning vocals and beautiful harmonies, this track is worth having a listen to. House by the lake is still unsigned, but will release an EP this fall titled Sæheimr. The mixing of the single has been done by Matias Tellez, who also plays in no less than two other bands we have written about here earlier; Put Your Hands Up For Neo-Tokyo and Young Dreams.
The Norwegian band with the name that once you've remembered you'll never forget, remind us why we are so hyped for the release of their debut album. [read more]
Welcome to our 'Ones to Watch' list for 2012. Much like our list last year, or any list like this in the future, it isn't about trying to prove how great we are at predicting who's going to sell the most records next year. If you want that list, feel free to email us. No, this list is about providing you with a bunch of bands/artists we feel could release something special over the course of 2012. [read more]
Located on the lakeside amongst ruins from the 13th century in the pulsating heart of Oslo, the annual music festival Øyafestivalen had this year, too, a strong line-up of last year's most relevant names, everything from blogsphere favourites Pantha Du Prince, Matthew Dear and How To Dress Well to Kanye West, Aphex Twin and Pulp. As some of you probably know quite well, Norway isn't exactly the cheapest place to go festival hunting in the Summer. [read more]