10 Fakten zu Aurora und ihrem Debütalbum:
“Conqueror” is the pop bait for a more introspective album, full of thoughts about solitude, loss, mortality and the tenacity — signaled by the music as much as the words — to endure them. Aurora, whose last name is Aksnes, has a high, pure voice imbued with a serene conviction that can seem childlike or ageless, hinting at fellow Scandinavian singers like Lykke Li and Björk; her melodies hint at Celtic and sometimes Asian music. Her voice also lends itself to the endless layering that becomes both her shield and her consolation.
Aurora’s producers and songwriting collaborators, primarily Odd Martin Skalnes and Magnus Skylstad, build crystalline electronic edifices completed by her many vocals: celestial choirs, rhythmic interjections, gangs of unison reinforcements. The songs often begin with the singer alone against an eerie backdrop, contemplating a merciless natural world or confessing to anxieties — thoughts as bleak as drowning, in “Under the Water,” or being murdered, in “Murder Song (5,4,3,2,1).” But sooner or later, a beat arrives, harmonies unfold, and Aurora is saved, yet again, by her overdubbed sisterhood.
These big pop moments are the most thrilling, moreish moments on All My Demons but there are quieter moments where AURORA also excels. “Lucky” is a piano and organ-led ballad about someone striving against their inner voice telling them to give in, “Winter Bird” floats along in a sort of Enya-ambient-folk dream and while “Through the Eyes of a Child” is a little too cutesy and idealistic the one thing we can take from these songs is that AURORA has a completely stunning voice which can make anything beautiful: if you need any more proof I present her cover of “Half A World Away”.
On the cover of All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend we see AURORA half cocooned, half ready to fly and that’s where we find the artist on this debut album. Torn between home and adventure, fantasy and reality, AURORA is looking for - and carving out - her own path out of the forest. Getting lost and angsty is part of a journey filled with leaps of faith and imagination. There could be further detours along the path, but she’s searching in her own singular, utterly beguiling way.
21.03.16 Berlin, Heimathafen Neukölln
29.04.16 Hamburg, Mojo Club
01.05.16 München, Freiheiz
02.05.16 Köln, Gloria-Theater