Mixing frosty electronic textures, spare beats, and clear, emotive vocals, Norwegian singer/songwriter AURORA works in a similar dark pop milieu as artists like Oh Land, Lykke Li, and Lorde. Born Aurora Aksnes near the city of Bergen, she began writing music and lyrics at a young age, eventually releasing her debut single, “Awakening,” in late 2013. Honing her live show and building on the momentum from the song, AURORA issued the follow-up single “Under Stars” in late 2014 and announced that she had signed with American label Glassnote. Her debut EP, Running with the Wolves, was released in the spring of 2015. The young singer/songwriter then came to further prominence, having covered the Oasis track “Half the World Away” for the 2015 John Lewis Christmas ad before following up with her debut full-length, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, in 2016. It debuted at number one in Norway and charted across Western Europe. “Queendom,” the first taste of AURORA’s follow-up, was issued in April 2018.
Aurora has released her new album, ‘A Different Kind of Human’. it marks the 23-year-old Norwegian’s third full-length and forms the second part of last year’s surprise release, ‘Infections of A Different Kind’.
The final day of Primavera Sound 2018 at the Parc del Fòrum won’t disappoint, charged as it is with unmissable concerts like the much-anticipated return to the stages of the UK’s Arctic Monkeys, led by Alex Turner, who, after releasing a second album in 2016 with his other project The Last Shadow Puppets, seems to be ready to get back to his Monkeys, who haven’t released a new album since 2013’s hit ‘AM’; back in Barcelona after killing it in Sant Jordi Club when she made her concert debut in the city back in October, it’s New Zealand pop star Lorde, with her second LP, ‘Melodrama’, one of the best albums of 2017; charismatic hip hop star A$AP Rocky comes back to the festival with his latest album set for a 2018 release; another mystery of the moment is whether Swedish pop artist Lykke Li will present her new album at Primavera Sound, as she’s had us waiting quite a while since her ‘I Never Learn’ from 2014; Baltimore duo Beach House comes along with their charming pop and a new album; Jane Birkin performs the songs of Serge Gainsbourg accompanied by a symphonic orchestra of 50 musicians; we won’t be missing one of the most interesting artists in recent years, Ariel Pink, and his fascinating style of pop; the hypnotic Grizzly Bear; and British shoegaze from Slowdive.
Lately, Lykke Li has been focusing her energy on her Swede-pop supergroup LIV, but she’s going solo again to drop off a faintly psychedelic cover of singer-songwriter Jim Croce’s 1973 hit “Time In A Bottle.”
Lykke Li has formed a new supergroup called LIV, and released the collective’s transformative first song “Wings of Love.” Along with Lykke Li, the band features producer (and Lykke Li’s boyfriend) Jeff Bhasker, Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John, and Miike Snow members Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winberg. All of the members of the new supergroup are a part of INGRID, a label/collective that they formed in 2012.
LIV’s new track is a journey led by ’60s-era guitar work, as Lykke Li serenely sings about “searching for a silver lining” to love.
2. LYKKE LI “I Never Learn”
Les desil·lusions amoroses acostumen a fer relluir el cantó més poètic dels artistes. Una Lykke Li enfonsada anímicament per la ruptura d’una relació amorosa trobà l’aixopluc en la música. Never Learn és la bella catarsi de la sueca que ens deixa un reguitzell de cançons tristes, però també precioses que no donen cabuda a la llum. Cançons atemporals per escoltar una i una altra vegada.
5. LYKKE LI “No Rest For The Wicked”
Cançó trista, dramàtica, intensa i íntima. Lykke Li torna amb un gran disc i aquest tema és al nostre gust el més excels. La sueca ens segueix meravellant.