Cashmere Factory – “Love Bazaar”.

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   Today I thought I’d share another song from Norway with you all. This time, it’s from an alternative indie group called Cashmere Factory. I don’t really know much about them and haven’t acquainted myself with more of their music so far, but heard that song for the first time last year and I’ve been liking it  a fair bit ever since. 

Emelie Hollow- “Monster”.

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   Today I’d like to share with you quite a cool song from Emelie Hollow’s album Half the Story released last year. Emelie is a fairly popular singer in her native Norway, though for those who are not Norwegian/aren’t especially interested in Norwegian music but are from Europe or listen to European pop she might be known because of her cooperation with Alan Walker and singing the song Lily. Emelie also has roots in New Zealand. She wrote this song together with Eirik Tillerli, also known as Tirelli, who has also produced it. 

 

Susanne Sundfør – “Walls”.

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   Today I have for you a song from a singer whom I personally find incredibly interesting. I have become more familiar with her music last month (very late when you consider that I’m generally very much into Norwegian music, in particular all things folk, electronic and indie, and that she is very famous in her home country and not unheard of abroad, she seems to have a loyal fan base in the UK as well from what I’ve noticed) and it made a huge impression and stirred up all kinds of feelings for me, to the point that I was seriously wondering if this is going to be my next faza and perhaps she’s actually been a minor one. I suppose if I came across her music earlier, as a goth teenager who was into people like Emilie Autumn, it could have gone further. These feelings were really quite ambivalent though, hence why it took me so long to make up my mind whether I want to feature something from her in my song of the day series. 😀 

   I’ve known for years that there’s a singer called Susanne Sundfør, ever since I started to take an interest in Norwegian music, and knew a couple of her songs thanks to Spotify, like Undercover or Kamikaze, which I didn’t have any stronger feelings for. I don’t really remember now what prompted me to look at her music more closely, but when I did, it had a very strong impact on me from the beginning. Initially, I got an impression that her music and me are a very good match, because, well, she’s done both folk and electronic music, and she knows how to do both well, she also draws from many other genres as a classically trained pianist and someone who, according to what I read about her, is into a lot of different music, so she’s versatile and you guys know I like versatile people, she’s a great songwriter and composer (most musicians I really like tend to be extremely good at one but comparatively mediocre at the other), clearly puts lots of emotion into what she’s doing so that it not only feels authentic but can be properly overwhelming at times, and has great vocal skills and a freakishly versatile voice. Then when I went deeper into her music, I had a sort of similar situation that I had with Fay Wildhagen some four years ago, or more specifically her album Borders, perhaps except for the fact that with Fay Wildhagen I didn’t really like her music at all initially. But every time I heard some song from this album, somehow it always ended up grabbing my attention, so one day I became a bit intrigued and gave that album a thorough listen, and then I realised two things, that it’s actually a lot better than I originally thought, and that at the same time it gives me the sensory creeps, y’know like I often get when some sounds just don’t agree with my brain too well for whatever reason and my system gets flooded with adrenaline when I hear it, and it feels like that auditory stimulus seethes with aggression specifically towards me, even if objectively it doesn’t sound aggressive or creepy at all and other people may just as well perceive it as totally neutral or perhaps even calming. And sometimes I freeze while hearing such a thing and then whenever I’m in silence or am not focused on anything specific and my mind just wanders aimlessly this sound or sequence of sounds or music or whatever scary stuff it is just keeps playing over and over in my brain. It’s a really weird sensation when something creeps me out while at the same time a part of my brain actually likes the sound of it and thinks it’s interesting. It happens to me quite regularly. With Fay Wildhagen though, unlike with Susanne Sundfør, I got over the initial heebiejeebies quite quickly, and once I did, I noticed to my delight that, actually, for whatever reason, I felt in her musical soundscape like a fish in the water and listened to that album over and over again for like half a year till finally I got actually quite bored with it. 

   With Susanne it was a bit more complicated. As soon as I dove deeper into her music, I liked it right away, but I noticed that a lot of her songs turn on my heebiejeebies at the same time. In a way though, it only multiplied the haunting effect that her music had on me. What added to that creepy impression was that a lot of her lyrics, particularly from her later albums (think the Brothel or Ten Love Songs) are also objectively very dark. Not just simply a bit gloomy dark, but some sound pretty darn suicidal to me, others are full of violence, or kind of apocalyptical in their vibe. It’s often difficult for me to look in an unbiased way at music which sparks such sensory reactions in me but I’d say that generally her music, even a lot of her very “normal” songs to put it a bit simplistically, have some sort of tens e atmosphere about them, as if there was constantly something hanging in the air or something lurking at the next turn, and additionally like I said lots and lots of emotions, so honestly after having a careful listen through her whole discography one Saturday I ended up feeling quite a bit fatigued mentally. 😀 It was all the worse for me really because the whole summer was quite abundant in sensory anxiety for me anyway, perhaps if we met at some different point it would have gone better. 😀 So then I went down a proper rabbit hole, trying to learn about Susanne and her music as much as I could, reading reviews and stuff like that, wanting to know whatever inspires her, and whether other people perceive her music any similarly at all to how I do or is it just my screwed brain’s filter through which I hear it. Well, it seems that I’m not alone, which, for once, makes me feel comforted in a way, but then on the other hand it has only confirmed for my brain that it was right to have turned my sensory alarms on. 

   I don’t think I’ll ever reach that stage with Susanne’s music that I had with Fay Wildhagen’s, despite the beginnings of these two stories being similar. I don’t think I’d even want it, to be totally honest. I’d say that to me her music is a bit like fire – it’s exciting, it can be beautiful, but you have to be careful around it, ‘cause it’s easy to come too close and not even notice that the flames have begun to lick your clothes till it starts hurting. But still, once you discover that there’s such a thing as fire, it’s really good to know that such a thing exists and it’s nice to light it up sometimes and sit next to it and enjoy its crackling, warmth and glow. 

   So that’s why in the end I thought I’d share with you something by Susanne, but I decided on something from her debut, self-titled album from 2007, when she was only 21. It is quite a folksy, singer-songwriter type album and feels more, hm, how do I put it…? stable? than her later releases, although you can feel those little embers scattered throughout the album, gently signalling that there is something more to it and more to come in the future that is bubbling under the surface. 

   Usually when I share music on here I opt for studio versions, but today I decided to share a live one with y’all, because it showcases  how Susanne sounds just as good live as she does on her albums. 

Synthomania ft. Ary – “Darling”.

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   Today I’d like to introduce to you another Norwegian electronic song, as I’e been again listening to more Norwegian electronic music lately. This song, however, isn’t new to me, I’ve known it for a couple of years and I really like it. It’s really depressive but at the same time oddly soothing. 

   Synthomania is the stage name of Norwegian producer and composer Marius Bjørnson, who uses old and rare hardware synths to make his music. The vocalist in this song, Ary, or Ariadne Loinsworth Jenssen, is an Oslo-based singer and songwriter from Trondheim who seems to enjoy a fair bit of popularity in her home country. SHe also has some Trinidadian descent. 

Sval – “Something”.

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   Today I thought I’d share some Norwegian pop with you, from a young artist from Oslo called Sval Rosenløw Eeg, known simply as Sval. She is only in her early twenties, but has been making music for most of her life. I believe her fame has started out when she won in a Norwegian song competition for children Melodi Grand Prix Junior in 2011, with a song about friendship called Trenger Deg (I need You). She seems to be quite popular in her homeland, and her songs tend to be quite catchy. She is the daughter of novelist Harald Rosenløw Eeg. 

Travelle – “Fake Louis V.”.

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   Today I’d like to share with you another song by the Norwegian singer, songwriter and producer Travelle, whom both my Mum and me have been liking for quite some time and a lot of whose songs I’ve already shared on here, including a couple others which he released under the name Trollguten. This one, as is very clear from the lyrics, deals with the topic of the “fake it ’til you make it” philosophy. As he explained it for one Norwegian music blog, he actually did it at some point and bought a bunch of fake designer clothes to look cooler, but didn’t actually end up using them. He claims that whether it is buying followers on Instagram, embellishing your CV with things that aren’t necessarily true about you, or lying about how many people you’ve slept with, that’s not really a stupid idea, and that’s the point of this song. While I can agree that this can be sometimes helpful, I can’t say I agree with that. I mean, as someone with AVPD, I can sure get it that people can do such things as a way not to be criticised, but despite my AVPD, I’d sort of feel like I was untrue to myself if I bought fake clothes just because I wanted to look good for other people. If I wanted that for myself, I’d rather focus on creating my own style that would reflect my personality and work for my budget, and if I really did want designer clothes, I’d do all I could to actually one day be able to afford the genuine stuff. I just couldn’t be bothered to buy fake things for the sake of other people I think, but I guess I’m in the minority here because  I’m a hermit so I don’t have to care about such things, and for most people, especially those who are actually ambitious or something, the social pressure is probably a lot stronger, I see it even with our Sofi who fakes a lot of things for her peers’ sake. Similarly with wanting to have lots of followers and stuff like that, I’m totally disinterested in it, in fact I think it’s kind of nicer to have less followers because you can actually know all these people and have more genuine contact with them than with a whole crowd of followers. That’s especially true with blogging for me, I don’t think I’d like to have a huge blog with loads of followers, because it would no longer feel so nice and cosy and stuff and would probably start to feel a bit overwhelming if I wanted to keep up with engaging with all those followers. But then I don’t use your normal social media much at all and they have a bit of a different dynamic than blogging obviously. But, despite I don’t fully agree with his point, I like how he’s honest about it like that in this song, and I’m pretty sure it must be relatable for a lot of people these days, plagued with FOMO and other such difficulties that we’re having in the world these days. 

Masåva – “Klem” (Hug).

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   Today I’d like to introduce you to a Norwegian band, whose music I’m actually quite new to as well, and it could be described as a blend of jazz with the Nordic folk song genre called vise/visa. It consists of Selma French Bolstad, who is the group’s lyricist as well as the vocalist and fiddler, Martin Morland, who plays bass, Martin Sternberg, who plays piano, and Øystein Aarnes Vik who plays drums. I like this song for its cosy vibe, and lyrics which can be very relatable if you’re an overthinker or a ruminator. Below is my translation, although it probably leaves a lot to be desired, and there’s even one line that is missing because I had no idea what it was actually supposed to mean. 

  You said you were coming home
I’m here but you haven’t arrived
But I hope it was nice things that they said
[…?]
You said you were coming home 
Maybe you have to help a friend
Or maybe the tram isn’t moving again
I’m here when you need a hug
And everything you think about
It’s going to go well here now
Don’t need to think this thought again
I’ll take care of you when you get home
So can we say sorry?
You said you were coming home
So I think well to think well again
Oh I’m trying not to get jealous
You said that she is just a friend
And all I think about
It’s going to go well here now
No need to think this thought again
You’re going to take care of me when you get home
So can we say sorry?
Because you said you were coming home
You said it after all , I say it again
When you get home you will get a hug
And all you think about
It’s going to go well here now
No need to think this thought again
I’m going to take care of you when you get home
And all you think about
It’s going to go well, yes, this 
You can get rid of everything you think about
No need to think that thought now anymore 
So can we say sorry?
Because you said you were coming home
You said it after all, I say it again
When you get home you will get a hug
So can we say sorry? 

Travelle – “Small Talk”.

   Thought I’d share another song by Travelle  – the Norwegian electropop singer, songwriter and producer several of whose songs I’ve already shared before. – Like all of his songs, I think this one may be very relatable for people. It definitely is to me, as an introvert and sociophobic and hermit who really dislikes small talk. Although I cannot really relate to it in its entirety, because it seems like what he describes is more the “I-don’t-care-about-people” type of dislike for small talk, rather than, as it is in my case, because it’s really awkward and kind of stressful. I think people are actually very interesting and I usually don’t mind if someone randomly wants to share some details of their life with me, perhaps they really need it and I just happen to be the closest, and I’m okay with it as long as they don’t do that excessively, in a way that screams that they’re really self-absorbed, and don’t expect me to do the same just because it’s a rule, or don’t expect me to actually lead the conversation. But overall, yeah, it can be super draining and overwhelming. 

Ellen A. Oskal, Frode Barth, Manu Katché, Palle Mikkelborg & Trygvee Seim – “Sara Helena Bergström Skal”.

   I have mentioned it several times on here how one of the things that I like most about the Sámi joik is how very well it blends with all sorts of contemporary genres, better than any other type of folk music that I’m familiar with. ANd I’ve shared with you guys songs that blend joik together with such genres as electronic music, pop, hip-hop or bluegrass. Today it’s time for a fusion of joik with jazz. 

   This joik tune comes from an album called Árbi, which means heritage in Sámi, the result of a collaboration between Sámi singer Ellen A. Oskal and jazz musician, composer and guitarist Frode Barth, featuring various other jazz musicians. It includes joiks of various people, who I believe must be Ellen A. Oskal’s ancestors or family. Despite I’m not really a fan of jazz, I do like this album. This particular piece, as you can figure out from the title, is the joik of someone called Sara Helena Bergstrøm Oskal, and it also features  French drummer Manu Katché, Danish trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg, and Norwegian saxophone player Trygve Seim. 

Travelle – “Vacation”.

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   We had some really warm and sunny weather over here for a while earlier this week, and when I was planning what to share with you in this song of the day series in the near future, I thought this song would be very fitting, with the weather that could possibly be making many people  think of taking a vacation already, but at the same time it not being the season for that just yet. Our Sofi definitely can’t wait for holidays but the harsh truth is that she’s actually going to have her exams this week, and there’s still a whole month of school ahead of her. But, as we all know, weather can change super quickly and, since yesterday, it’s actually been rather unpleasant outside, with loads of rain and cold winds and clouds. Not so vacation-like anymore. Nevertheless, I’m sharing this summery song with you anyway. It’s still fitting. This song is about being burnt out and wanting to disappear for a while, which I think are feelings that for some people might be even stronger when it’s yucky outside, or it might be totally unrelated to whatever the weather is like. Fromm what Travelle told Universal Music Norway, he wrote this when he was feeling a bit tired and dejected, when there was still ice and snow on the streets, and he had no winter shoes so he got soaked up on his way to the studio. So I think this may be quite a relatable song for many people. I myself am in such luxurious situation that I rarely feel this way these days, because I am largely in charge of my own time and have a job that isn’t particularly stressful or demanding, but I know the feeling very well from school, particularly the first and last weeks of every school year, which I’m sure is also a very common experience. 

Alexander Rybak – “Let the Music Guide You”.

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   Continuing the recent Sámi theme on my blog, I thought I’d share with you one more song which is not Sámi, but inspired by joik and with joik influences, from the Belarussian-born Norwegian singer Alexander Rybak, best known (at least to Europeans) for winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 with his song Fairytale, and for playing the violin. Some of my readers might also remember that he is Sofi’s childhood crush, who, as it happens, was introduced to her by a certain Bibiel, who was totally unaware what sort of results it will have and that the whole household will end up having to listen to his “Oah” on repeat for two weeks, and whom she still listens to a lot and has a strong sentiment for. I definitely don’t like all of his music, but some of his songs are really good, and I have already shared three other songs by him on here, one children’s song sung in Norwegian called Dyrene i Afrika (The ANimals in Africa),  which is so easy that I had managed to translate it even though I wasn’t learning Norwegian then yet, then a cover of a Swedish song by Mats Paulson called Visa vid Vindens ängar (Song at the Wind’s Meadows), and the third one a song in English by another ESC contestant from Romania – Roxen – called Wonderland in which he plays the violin. I think this one is really nice and I like the Sámi influence in it. 

Elen Marianne Utsi, Piera Eira & Bernt Mikkel Haglund – “Movttegis Nieiddat”.

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   I think I have already mentioned how I think that of all the peoples speaking my favourite languages, the Sámi seem to be most fond of mixing folk music (in their case of course joiking in particular) with more modern genres, from electronic, to pop, to hip-hop, all sorts of things really. Perhaps it’s because it seems so obvious that when you sing in Sámi, it’s almost impossible not to include joiking, so naturally it comes out sounding a lot more folky than it would be otherwise. But I also think that joik blends extremely well with modern genres, better than many other kinds of folk music do, so they may just be very aware of it and take full advantage of it. I find blending folk music with modern genres or modern instrumentation very interesting in general, even if I don’t always like the results. I feel like it either comes out very good and tasteful, or the complete opposite and on the kitschy side. With Sámi music, more often than not, it’s the former. 

   So since I’ve been listening to all sorts of music in Sámi lately, I thought I’d share with you one such song which blends together Sámi folk and pop/dance vibes into a quite surprisingly coherent-sounding whole. I don’t really know much about these three musicians behind it other than they’re all from Kautokeino in Finnmark in Norway. I don’t even know what the title of this piece means, other than that I believe nieiddat means daughters but I’m not even entirely sure of that. 

Ben Alexander ft. Mörmaid – “Somni”.

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   Today I’d like to share with you this interesting, dreamy electropop song which I’ve only recently heard. It’s the result of collaboration between two Norwegian musicians –  producer and composer Ben Alexander, and singer and producer Live Sollid Schulerut who is better known as Mörmaid and as far as I know is based in Norfolk. – This the first and so far the only song that I’ve heard by either of them, but I really really like it so I’ll certainly be checking out their other music. 

   Ben Alexander says that this song is about how a dream can be more appealing than reality, because of how things can look so perfect in it, so that one may end up desiring the dream more than reality. Thus, the song is a love story between the dreamer and their dream. Being a keen daydreamer and a vivid night dreamer myself, I can definitely relate to how dreams can be more attractive than reality, and I like even just the concept of this song, and it just sounds so great as a whole. 

   I suppose that it’s title is simply like the Norwegian equivalent of somnia in English, as in insomnia, coming from the Latin somnus meaning sleep, though it’s just my assumption that that’s where they got it from. 

Daniel Kvammen – “Du Fortener Ein Som Meg” (You Reserve Someone Like Me).

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   Today, let’s listen to a song in Norwegian. I’ve known and liked it for a couple years now, definitely longer than I’ve been learning Norwegian. However, even now that I’m learning the language, whenever I’d listen to it I had a hard time understanding much. It’s generally a problem I have a lot in Norwegian – I feel pretty satisfied with the results of my learning overall and how it seems to progress quite quickly, but when it comes to listening, not even just music but also  people speaking, anything other than your typical, posh-sounding Oslo Norwegian that most people think about when they think Norwegian, makes my brain lag and I really struggle to understand what people are saying, unless someone speaks REALLY slowly. – It frustrates me as shit because with the Oslo Norwegian I really don’t have much of a difficulty understanding it at all, unless I simply don’t know a word or phrase or something. – I comfort myself that natives experience this too to an extent with dialects that are a lot  different than their own, but still, to me it happens quite a lot, and then if I am able to see the same thing in writing like a transcript or lyrics or something, I’m usually surprised how I could not understand it. 😀 And that sometimes makes me feel that perhaps I’m not making all that much progress at all, because even when I didn’t speak almost any Norwegian, only Swedish, I could still understand a decent amount of written Norwegian bokmål and people speaking “typical” Norwegian. So that’s what I decided to do with this song at some point  – look up its lyrics to be able to see how much of it I’d be able to understand when reading. And I did, more or less, but it wasn’t as easy for me as it is most of the time, for some reason. I’m not even entirely sure why. So when I thought that I could share it with you, I was very happy to discover that there is a very decent-looking English translation of this song available here so I won’t have to write my own. 😀 Here it is: 

   It doesn’t bother me that you are the kind
That smiles while you’re crying
and that you always ask me why we two even exist at all
because you know I struggle
with the same thoughts as you
and more than that…

Because you deserve someone like me
someone stranger than you are
and if you don’t know where to go
then at least we two are together still

It doesn’t bother me that you get angry and crazy when you’re drunk
and that you scream that you will die before you get old and round
so long as we can run
till our feet fail, through all kinds of mess

Because you deserve someone like me
someone stranger than you are
and if you don’t know where to go
then at least we two are together still

It doesn’t bother me that we don’t make much money
or must live in a tiny room with a tiny bed
and if it all should come crashing down
I will partake in the absurdity that constitutes who we are

Because I can see how your head burns
How your hands shake
How your eyes water
but I know there is so much more to you
and you and I together we could lay a plan
and maybe we could make it work

Because you deserve someone like me
someone stranger than you are
and if you don’t know where to go
then at least we two are together

Because you deserve someone like me
someone stranger than you are
and if you don’t know where to go
then at least we two are together still

Elin Kåven – “Javkan” (Vanished”.

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   I’ve been listening a fair bit to Elin Kåven lately, as well as to Elin & The Woods which is a more electronic-sounding band which she has formed together with Robin Lynch, and I thought I’d share something by her withh you. Elin is from Karasjok in Norway, and from what I’ve read she also has her faithful fans in European countries outside of Scandinavia, and she’s  known as The Arctic Fairy among them. She defines her music as arctic folk pop, which is a very fitting description indeed and I really like how she blends joiking and Sámi folk in general with a more pop sound. This song by hers is called Javkan, or Vanished in English, and, surprisingly, I’ve even managed to find an English translation of it, though I have no idea how reliable it actually is, but it’s the only one I’ve found and you can see it here. 

Eli Storbekken ft. Sigurd Hole – “Kjærringa Ho Sala Si Sugga Grå” (The WOman She Saddled Her Grey Som”.

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   Today I’d like to share with you all some Norwegian folk from a musician whom I only discovered last week – Eli Storbekken. – The first album from her that I came across has been Fabel (Fairytale) recorded together with bass player Sigurd Hole, who is actually a jazz musician himself so the album does have quite a jazzy feel to it as well. Both Eli Storbekken and Sigurd Hole come from the part of Norway that until recently was known as hedemark, and now is called Innlandet. 

   I don’t know fully well what this song even is about. It seems like kjærring means woman, in particular either a married or an old woman, I don’t know whether it’s still used like that in Norwegian or any of its dialects specifically or is it more of an obsolete thing. I’ve also come across a source claiming that it’s a slang word for a girl, and it also seems like kjærring is some sort of feminine character in the Norwegian folklore. I haven’t found any written lyrics of this song that could possibly help me understand more of it or maybe even translate it for you into English with a bit of luck, but mostly what I gather from it from little words and phrases that I understand or think I might understand correctly is that this woman rides on her sow from one place to another, seeking some sort of consolation. She went to a priest, but the priest told her that he can’t help her so she should go to the bishop, because he rules over him, then the bishop tells her that it’s the king who rules over him so she rides to the king and so on, but I have some gaps in what I understand from it, and I don’t really get what exactly the conclusion of all of that is other than it seems to involve some girl if I hear it right. I also didn’t know what exactly did she want comfort for, I originally thought she has beaten someone, but according to the description of this song on YouTube she killed a taylor, which after listening to it again I was really surprised that I couldn’t figure out before, especially that the Norwegian word is very similar to the Swedish one, so she must have shot him rather than beaten him. Anyway, I think it’s a really cool-sounding folk tune and with a very interesting arrangement. 

Sondre Justad – “Ikkje Som de Andre” (Not Like the Others).

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   Today I’d like to share with you a Norwegian pop song which I’ve been liking for a long time, so I’m actually kind of surprised that I haven’t already done it because it’s really cool, and I think it has a huge brainworm/earworm potential. It is a song by Sondre Justad who is a very popular Norwegian singer and who comes from northern Norway, which, as with most Norwegians, is easy to figure out from his dialect. He wrote the song together with Magnus Eliassen and it’s the closing track of his 2018 album Ingenting i Paradis (Nothing iin Paradise). 

   Below is an English translation written by Bibiel, it was quite easy to write, but there’s just one phrase that I absolutely wasn’t sure how to best translate into English, namely in the line “They never properly reached in”. There is the verb “nådde inn” and it does literally mean “reached in”, but I don’t think the verb “to reach in” is used in English in this context. But I just couldn’t think of an alternative that would sound good enough and convey that meaning, while it seems to me that even though “reach in” may not be used like that, it’s pretty understandable in English as for what it’s supposed to mean. 

   

I’m pulled towards you
Into the light
Everything around us fades out
Have been searching
Have gone in blind
It feels as if the wind has turned around
Inexplicably I become brave
And vulnerable at the same time
We both have closed eyes
My hand finds yours

You are not like the others
You are not like the others
I want to be with someone like you
You are not like the others
You are not like the others
I need someone like you

Incessant like the wave
Life washed over me
You are new, you are something else
To think that we would meet here
This world is odd
But not as strange as you
Painted picture, new colours
And show me how I look

You are not like the others
You are not like the others
I want to be with someone like you
You are not like the others
You are not like the others
I need someone like you

So many layers I should have interpreted
It gave me nothing
Have travelled and met so many people
They never properly reached in
But you I can understand
You have no filter and are direct
They wanted to have something unattainable
You wanted something genuine
Is this genuine?

You are not like the others
you are not like the others
I want to be with someone like you
You are not like the others
You are not like the others
I need someone like you

Alessandra Mele – “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”.

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   Today I’d like to introduce you all to a young singer who is quite new to me, and who I think has a lot of potential. Alessandra Mele is 19 years old and is of both Italian and Norwegian heritage. She grew up in Savona in Italy, but from what I read about her she always spoke Norwegian with her mum. She has now moved to Norway and since January has been a part of the current season of The Voice Norway. This song by her that I want to share with you comes from The Voice and she sang it in the knockouts, competing against another really good contestant – Emma Wik – and it’s Alessandra who got to stay in the programme in the end. There are many great renditions of this classic, but hers is definitely one of my favourites. 

Travelle – “Jungle”.

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   Today is a huge day in the world of Norwegian music, because it’s the day when the Spellemannprisen (or Norwegian Grammys as they’re often referred to outside of Norway) are going to be awarded in the evening. I probably would have missed it if not the fact that I happened to be listening to the NRK p1 radio station earlier this week when I got sick, and that’s how I found out about it. And they have a really cool way of celebrating their Grammy season, which has resulted in me listening to  this particular  station pretty much the whole week, namely, this week they play only music made by Norwegian artists, so I was interested to find out whether I would make a lot of new interesting Norwegian discoveries, or maybe they’ll play at least some of my favourite Norwegian artists, or maybe I’ll just realise either how much or how little Norwegian music I actually know. I was indeed surprised at how many of the artists and songs they played were famiiliar to me, though I was also a bit disappointed that some of my favourite artists about whom I’ve always had an impression that they were quite popular in their motherland, like Fay Wildhagen, weren’t played at all, unless they were only played  when I wasn’t tuning in or was sleeping, and I was actually asleep a lot this week so who knows. 😀 I was also curious to know if Sámi artists will also be represented, and was hoping that they will, given that a Sámi singer – Maria Mortensson – has been nominated in the traditional category. Sadly though, while I guess they did play something by her once, I haven’t heard any more Sámi music this week. 

   Anyways, I thought that since it’s Norwegian music time and Norwegian Grammy time and Norwegian Grammys day, I could also share with y’all something from a Norwegian artist, and decided to share something from Travelle, who may not have won the award because he no longer even makes music under this stagename, and may not have been played on NRK P1 which did not surprise me for the aforementioned reason, but my Mum and me still do like his music. 

   I find the slightly creepy and raw vibe of this song quite relatable because that whole jungle thing vaguely reminds me of my sleep paralysis world, which is not a jungle and there are no wolves in there nor most of the things that are mentioned in the lyrics but the general atmosphere seems to be kind of similar to what he is depicting. On a side note though, I can’t help but wonder what’s up with those wolves in jungles. I believe Selena Gomez also has a song where there are wolves in a jungle, and I’m kind of curious how they make their way there and why. 😀 Perhaps he’s describing the jungle and dancing with the wolves as two separate things, or perhaps they’re both part of some sort of an inner world/paracosm? Because in that case obviously everything is possible, I also have things in my Brainworld that don’t necessarily make sense realistically. 

Sofia – “I Don’t Want to Lose a Friend”.

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   The song I’d like to share with you today comes from a young Norwegian singer called Sofia, and this was the first song by her that I’ve heard and instantly liked it, and I still like it a lot, it sounds just great as a whole. Sofia Hyttedalen is from Sandane, and is signed to a Norwegian label called Tooth Fairy. I think this song could be incredibly relatable to loads of people.