3. Aurora (Facebook)
Aurora, an eighteen year old resident of Bergen, Norway whom effortlessly creates music that somehow balances the line between haunting and adorable. From first listen, the fact that she defines her music as ‘dark pop’ begins to make perfect sense.
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"Runaway" is Aurora's (who's dropped the use of her surname Aksnes since I last posted about her), one of Norway's brightest musical stars (and they have many) latest and best track to date. it sees her pure, mesmerising vocal joined by ebbing and flowing instrumentation that pares her voice perfectly, rising from a glacial, softening beginning to a swooping, soaring chorus full of emotion and strength.
I'm not the biggest music video fan I'll be honest, I rarely sit and concentrate through one but the video for "Runaway" is magical, both beautiful and compelling, it sees what must have been a freezing cold Aurora standing in an absolutely gorgeous snow-filled landscape and later throwing what can only be called 'shapes' with big, wide opened eyes that pierce straight through you.
Since "Runaway" comes "Running With The Wolves" a big, bold pop hit in the making, it grows with magnificent splendour around big, booming choruses, icy synth drops and Aurora's crystalline vocals. Glamorously dark and amorously seductive, it's a potent combination.