23-year-old Niilas from Bergen, Norway follows in the footsteps of Röyksopp, Bjørn Torske, Prins Thomas, Casiokids and Lindstrøm, just to mention a few of Norway’s electronica aces. Niilas self-released recently his debut album Also This Will Change, influenced from UK-club music. Read more about one of Norway’s most interesting acts of electronic music.
His debut album is a 50 minute’s journey into a unique eclectic and emotional musical universe. The young kid from Bergen has already remixed Sondre Lerche and Stockhaus but he also embraces his Sami ancestry as a part of his creative life.
“Also This Will Change” focus on the everlasting movement of the universe, according to the artist. “It is a reminder for all of us, that this year is almost over, and indeed, also will change.”
The title refers to a snowy night in February, before covid, and any of us could know what this year would bring us. Attending a program for composing a piece of music for a 3-piece ensemble (Bit-20 in Bergen, Norway), one of the other composers had used the title “This Too Shall Pass” for his piece. Without delving too deep into the story, the title comes from a Persian myth about a king, who had a ring made with that inscription on it. It was there to remind him in bad times, that it will pass, and good times come around. But he would also learn that this goes both ways, and he would lose it all again. Niilas modified the title.
First track is the majestic ‘My Heavenly’ which is an uplifting and melodic piece with rich arps and glowing pads. Then follows ‘What U Want’, which marries clean and bright synths with a rugged minimal rhythm. There is a freeform jazz nature to the fantastic keys and lively drum work of ‘Chaga’ before ‘Verdens Finste’ (‘World’s Finest) sinks you into a world of refracted melody and jittery beats, with soaring pads making for a classy celestial mood.
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The mix of live-keys and British grooves, and tension between technological innovations and more natural melodies, is what makes this such a thrilling album from start to finish. The future of Norwegian electronic music seems to be in safe hands.
One of Norway’s Most Interesting Acts of Electronic Music, written by Tor Kjolberg