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. 

Serlina – “Puste Under Vann” (Breathe Under Water).

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   So, another Norwegian pop song this week, this time with quite a dance vibe to it. It comes from Serlina, about whom I don’t really  know a lot as this is the only song by her that I’ve heard and as soon as I heard it I liked it, but I never really dug deeper into her music. I don’t know for sure where in Norway she’s from and I’m not all that very good yet at this guess game in  the Norwegian edition haha so I won’t be guessing here, but she sings in nynorsk, and despite that I’ve managed to translate it for you with no significant problems along the way, although these lyrics aren’t really that complicated to begin with. 

    It is not easy to live
As if in a dance on roses
When everything we see seems better
I guess we all have felt it
Want to go away from clouds that shadow
Because I want out into the sun
But everything has taken a new turn
Now that you are gone I do not see anymore
The memories disappear, see them go far away
Can’t you see it?
There is something more
Can you hear me shout higher than the mountain?
Hold myself back, but my heart wants to say
I cannot find my way onto land
But can’t breathe under water
Can’t breathe under
Can’t breathe under
Can’t breathe under water
Can’t breathe under
Can’t breathe under
Can’t breathe under water
Can’t breathe under water
Can’t breathe under
Can’t breathe under
Can’t breathe under water
Have never heard it was easy
To let go of memories
Because everything that I thought was genuine
Has completely changed
You said those words to me
And I gave you a look
Who has suddenly become small?
Now that you are gone I do notsee anymore
The memories disappear, see them go far away
Can’t you see it?
There is something more
Can you hear me shout higher thann the mountain
Hold myself back but my heart wants to say
I cannot find my way onto land
But can’t breathe under water
Can’t breathe under
Can’t breathe under
Can’t breathe under water
Can’t breathe under
Can’t breathe under
Can’t breathe under water
Can’t breathe under
Can’t breathe under
Can’t breathe under water

Travelle ft. Bad Habits – “Wasted On You”.

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   So as you probably remember if you read my yesterday’s post I said I’m going to focus on pop that has something to do with Norway this week, well, until Friday I think but we’ll see. And for today, it’s electropop more exactly, and I chose to share with you a song from a musician who has been quite a regular guest on my blog lately, and whom both my Mum and me like, that is Kristoffer Björntvedt, aka Travelle (or Trollguten or some other things as well, but I’m mostly sharing his Travelle music). This song was written and produced by him in collaboration with Bad Habits, and as far as I can tell based on my little research, Bad Habits is also a project of his, together with a guy called Adrian Eriksen, and they’ve also released several other singles as Bad Habits, although I guess Bad Habits is also the stage name that Adrian uses for his own music. They went to school together and, according to what Travelle told Universal Music (which is the label to which he has been signed to under this particular stage name) they both have differing approaches to production and music in general so they decided to  create something together. It is certainly interesting when two very different people make music with each other, although I don’t really know Adrian’s own music so I can’t really see much of where these differences show, and it also must be very challenging and require a lot of compromises, or so I’d imagine. This song, as you’ll likely be able to figure out, is about a really strong and obsessive type of infatuation or crush or something like that. Sounds very all-consuming to me, and I’m sure that it must be very relatable for many people, even is to me to a degree where my faza peeps are concerned, because while my fazas don’t really involve love, they can also be a bit obsessive and during a faza peak it can make you feel really high and the feeling, as well as my faza peeps themselves, are very addictive lol. 

Song of the day (22nd February – “Travelle – “Nobody Else”.

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   Time for yet another song from the Norwegian musician Travelle, aka Kristoffer Björntvedt, Taka rollguten etc. This time round, it’s his debut single, at least debut under this particular stage name. I read that it was quite a success in America, which I found surprising given that his later Travelle music doesn’t seem to enjoy a lot of attention outside Norway, which is quite a pity imo. While his later releases as Travelle were created largely single-handedly by him, this song was a collaborative effort of his and an Australian, London-based artist called Tonino Speciale, plus a vocalist though I don’t know who she is. Again, as with the song Diving which I shared a couple months ago, it shows that it’s not him who is (or at least not solely) behind the lyrics of this song, as he’s quite characteristical in this respect and I like it because I really like when someone can treat their lyrics with a bit of distance, yet at the same time very personally. But I still quite like these lyrics here because while they’re about a relationship, which is something most people write their songs about and something I can’t really overly relate to, it’s not very cliche, and I think the song is nice overall.

   Oh, and actually, speaking of Travelle, an interesting thing is that last month my Mum has also become a fan of his music! I totally didn’t see it coming! 😀 One night when my Dad had a particularly loud episode of sleep apnea she was sleeping on a matress in my room, and I had my blog playlist from this year playing on Spotify, and since last month I posted his song “Cuba” on here it was on that playlist as well, and it played at some point during the night and then in the morning my Mum was like: “You had suchh a super cool song playing here at night, I wish I knew what it was!” So I sent her that playlist so she could find what song it was that she liked so much, and to my surprise, it turned out to be Travelle’s “Cuba”. Actually perhaps I shouldn’t have been so surprised because my Mum likes a lot of electronic music which she listens to when she goes running, in fact she most likely listens more to this genre than I do because for me folk rules obviously, but somehow I woouldn’t have thought that this is the shade of electronic music that my Mum would also be into. Yet, she ended up liking all of Travelle’s music, so that’s really cool! 🙂 She was bummed though when I told her that it’s not likely that he’ll be doing more music as Travelle, as he hasn’t in quite a while and is now focusing on yet another, quite different shade of electronic music which I totally don’t feel and I’m absolutely sure neither would my Mum lol, but which clearly gets a lot more love from people inn general. 😀 

Folque – “Dans, Dans Olav Liljekrans” (Dance, Dance Olav Lily-wreath).

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   Today I’d like to share with you a very old, Scandinavian folk song, which came to life in the Middle Ages. From what I see it’s most popular in Denmark, and it’s most commonly known as Elveskud or Elverskud (Elf-shot). However, the version I want to share with you, and the only one that I have actually heard really, is Norwegian. There are also Swedish and Icelandic versions of this. 

   A guy called Olav (or Olof or Ólafur, depends where in Scandinavia we are) is riding through the woods (or towards the mountains, as is the case in the version I am sharing with you today) when he sees elf-maids dancing, and one of them encourages him to join in. And from then on it seems like there’s a lot of variations between various versions of this song. As I said, I know only one, but I’ve read that the most common and traditional one is that he refuses, saying that tomorrow is his wedding day and then the elf-maid makes him gravely ill, so that he dies when he arrives home. There’s also one where he does dance with her and basically dances himself to death. And the Icelandic one is different yetbecause the elves ask him to drink with them, but he refuses saying that he believes in Christ. Then one of the elf-maids asks him for a kiss, and when he bends down to kiss her she wounds him with a sword, and he dies when he comes back home.

   In the version that I am sharing with you, he also refuses to dance with her and says that tomorrow is his wedding day, but then the elf-maid tries to bribe him. I don’t understand the whole lyrics, because I don’t really know what sort of language it is, is it some sort of archaic Norwegian or is it some weird dialect, but to me it is really weird and while I get it overall, I don’t understand some words. But I think she tries to bribe him first with gold, or something golden, and then a silk shirt. Each time Olav says he’d happily have each of these things, but he wouldn’t dance with her anyway. ANd, for all we know, she may still be trying to get her way and convince him, because it doesn’t seem to have a proper ending like those other versions do. 

   As for Folque themselves, they’re a really cool Norwegian folk-rock band from Oslo, established in the 70’s, influenced by bands in the same field like the English Steeleyes Pan. Like I said, I don’t know any other arrangements of this Olav song, but I like how they made it sound very contemporary but in a way that feels natural and not at all obnoxious, which is sometimes difficult to achieve with folk music I would think. 

Siri Nilsen – “Det Som Reparerer Alt” (What Fixes Everything).

   Hi people! 🙂 

   Today I’d like to share with you a song from a really interesting Norwegian singer whom I have liked for many years now. Siri Nilsen’s definitely one of my most favourite Norwegian artists who are somewhere in between folk and pop, not quite fitting the “normal” pop box, but not the very rootsy folk either. Some people classify her as a visesanger (vise singer, with vise being the same thing as visa is in Sweden – it means song and is the name of a Scandinavian folky ballad genre) and I thhink that fits her music best. 

   Siri is the daughter of another Norwegian visesanger – Lillebjörn Nilsen – and American singer Shari Nilsen. Btw, as a name nerd, I like seeing all sorts of fun or interesting or weird patterns that people have in naming their children and I think it’s quite interesting that there’s Shari, Siri and Sara (Siri’s sister) in their family). And since I’m already talking about name nerd stuff anyway, I really like the name Lillebjörn because it essentially means the same thing that Misha means in Russian (“little bear”). 😀 But it doesn’t really sound like what it means, unlike Misha. 

   Aside from being a singer, an acclaimed songwriter, writing almost exclusively in Norwegian, a multi-instrumentalist, she is also a voice actress and ballet dancer. 

   I like her bright and clear vocals a lot, and also I think it’s very cool that she writes her music mostly in Norwegian. I read that she once said somewhere that, as a young girl, she felt the lack of Norwegian-language music that her generation would listen to, so that’s how she started writing her own songs. She said that even thoughh some people do not consider Norwegian a very musical language (I wonder what language IS musical for such people then, if Norwegian isn’t 😀 I guess only Swedish can compete) she thinks that every language is poetic in its own way. I totally agree with that, and so I think she must be my peep, I would only just add that each language is also musical in its own way, in that every language sounds kind of like a different piece of music with different qualities to it, but it’s still a piece of music even if it’s less melodic than a different piece of music might be. Think of Finnish, for example – it sounds fairly monotonous compared with the sing-songy Norwegian and a bit staccato but it still can be very musical in an absolutely beautiful way. – 

   Below is my translation of the lyrics: 

  Give me what everyone looks for
Give me what makes the fog lift
What makes everything become clear
Give me what fixes everything
 
What silences the voice
The one that says everything is wrong
Give me what fixes everything
 
Like dust over my days
Like a shadow of a wind I am chasing
Everything is like under water
Like looking for traces in the sand
 
For what silences the voice
The one that says everything is wrong
Give me what fixes everything
 
Give me what everyone looks for
What they whisper about during their nights
Everything is just almost here
Tell me what it is
 
What silences the voice
The one that says everything is wrong
Give me what fixes everything 

Highasakite – “Mother”.

Hiya people! 🙂 

   Today I have a brand new single for you from this great, indie pop/rock band from Norway. I really like their music, I really like the vocalist and lyricist Ingrid Helene Håvik. I’ve already shared one song from them years ago, called “Five Million Miles”. I saw this song in my Release Radar on Spotify this past week and I liked it right away. It’s really catchy so it got really stuck in my brain after listening to it just once. Most often, I don’t consider this a very good quality in a song, but there are exceptions, and, well, like I said, I do like this one. I think mostly because, while being catchy, at the same time it’s also quite raw. I believe this single is the first one from their upcoming album of the same title or that’s what I’ve heard, so if that’s the case I’m really looking forward to it.