Aurora Aksnes, is a Norwegian singer/songwriter whose star is currently burning brightly in the sonic skies. Having gone from nought to sixty on the notoriously difficult track of the WW music circuit in the past 12 months, Aurora’s career is now very much in the uber ascendant, with the eyes of worldwide media firmly fixed upon her every musical move.
Known simply as Aurora (a sign of the extent to which her fame has grown), this unique and immensely talented artist is continuing to blaze her musical trail into 2016 with the unexpected release of single, ‘The Conqueror’, a song which features on the FIFA ’16 soundtrack. The track is accompanied by a quirky David Heath directed visual, set in a dark, wintry, star-filled night-scape. The video centres on a fluttering kaleidoscope of butterflies that eventually come to rest upon a solitary, bare branched tree.
“Broken mornings, broken nights and broken days in between
Open ground, the sky is open, makes an open sea”
‘The Conqueror’ is something of a musical departure for Aurora. It sees her veer away from her trademark other-wordly, Scandivarian sound and march confidently into the realm of vibrant, vivid pop. While the dark thematic strands so intrinsic to Aurora’s lyrical style are retained, the overall mood and sound are dynamic and buoyant, energised by upbeat melodies, catchy hooks, strong definite vocals and uptempo percussion.
‘The Conqueror’ is the most animated track we’ve heard from Aurora to-date, and is a clear indicator that she has the talent and ingenuity to lift her songs up from the mysterious shadows in which they have been nestling thus far. Whilst she has indicated that the upcoming album will be “heavy, dark and emotional” with a “viking influence”, it is clear that it will also comprise of splashes of colour-pop sounds that will invigorate and embolden even the starkest of brooding lyrical landscapes.
Speaking of ‘The Conqueror’, Aurora enthused, “I’m very excited that can finally listen to my new single ‘Conqueror’. This is one of the only happy songs that I have. It’s a special child. Thank you so much for waiting! I hope you find it satisfying.”
With ‘The Conqueror’ Aurora has struck upon the perfect balance between quirky and catchy, edgy and poppy, lyrical fantasia and musical effervescence. Herlig!
‘The Conqueror’ features on AURORA’s upcoming debut album “All My Demons Greeting Me As a Friend“, which is due out on 11th March via Petroleum Records. See below for a message from Aurora and pre-order/download & merch details.
Aurora kicks off her live tour on 1st February at the Deaf Institute, Manchester.
I am so happy to announce that you can now pre order my first album, ‘All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend’ (and I will even sign some copies)! It’s been fun recording it … I have so many stories to tell. It will be out on March 11th. Thank you so much for waiting and being wonderful supporters ❤ HUG x