Thursday 4 July 2019
Dark, dramatic and dreamy pop music conjuring up huge magical landscapes

Bergen-based Aurora Aksnes is a pop star who builds big, dreamy and dramatic worlds of sound that you can get lost inside.

Her icy, pealing vocals, dark lyricism and sunny personality have won the 22-year-old Norwegian artist a legion of fans around the world since she broke through with the debut album All My Demons Greeting Me As a Friend in 2016.

Following a global tour (which led to her debut at Roskilde Festival in 2016), she shared the documentary Nothing Is Eternal.

In 2018, Aurora released her sophomore album Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1) to great critical acclaim. The album encompasses a unique musical and thematic landscape that includes tribal chimes, layered synths and a live 32-man choir. Aurora sings about loss, revenge, love, god, acceptance and what it means to be human.

Her sound – and scope – have grown steadily since the debut album. She channels the same galaxies as fellow countrywoman Susanne Sundfør and Lorde, and she conjures up a fairytaleness akin to Enya.

Aurora elegantly crafts intelligent songwriting displayed by her crystalline voice that manages to capture childlike wonder and infinite wisdom all in one breath. The glacial wall of sound suits her voice and themes well.

A new album is on its way (listen to the singles “The Seed”, “Animal” and “Queendom”), so there should be even more sound worlds to get happily lost inside when Aurora returns to Roskilde Festival with a show that will be as magical as her name is.