After a summer jetting off to Way Out West, Øya and Flow festivals, Ja Ja Ja is back at London's The Lexington 25th September for its fifth season of shiny new Nordic sounds.The UK's foremost new Nordic night will feature Danish superduo Cancer, Norwegian songwriter Aurora Aksnes and Finnish dream pop five piece NEØV, plus resident DJs Project Fresh Socks. Read on for more info on each act, alongside some handy mp3 and video links that'll give you a taste of the excellent new Nordic talents Ja Ja Ja continues to bring to our shores.Ja Ja Ja regulars can become members to get discounted tickets and other Nordic treats on signing-up here. Tickets are £7 in advance (£5 for Ja Ja Ja members), on sale now from Billetto or more on the door on the night.
Cancer are When Saints Go Machine’s Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild and Chorus Grant’s Kristian Finne Kristensen. This brand new Danish duo are preparing for the international release of theirdebut mini album 'Ragazzi' via local label Tamborhinocerous later this year.
In one of only a handful of shows carefully selected for 2014, the duo are bringing their beautiful future ballads to London with a four piece band. With the combination of Nikolaj’s distinctive, soulful vocals with Kristian’s analogue guitar sounds, the phonetics of the meticulously poetic lyrics shape the music just as much as the other way around.
Lose yourself in the gorgeous debut single 'Same Color As Digital Photography':
About Aurora Aksnes
Some work a lifetime for success with a music dream, others are born to do it . Aurora Aksnes is just that. She grew up in Os, a small town south of Bergen, and her interest in music began with her sister’s piano playing, though she did not know that she herself could sing until she took courage and sang in school at the age of 14. The response from the audience was more than she had hoped for. In just a few short months, the young Bergen artist went from being a hidden treasure to becoming one of Norway’s most anticipated artists.
After her Oslo debut at By:larm, accolades poured from the public press. Dagbladet wrote: “With a clear, resilient delivery and deft timbre, she has full control over her fluttering phrasing, not unlike another remarkable Norwegian artist who got her By:larm breakthrough at an early age. Comparing someone to Susanne Sundfør rarely does justice to both parties (and it’s so rare nationwide), but when one hears Aksnes’ gorgeous vocal work and melodies in ‘Runaway’, it’s difficult to avoid the association.” The reviewer concluded that it shouldn’t be allowed to have such a voice at 17.
Her dream was to become a musician and possibly meet Bob Dylan, who along with Leonard Cohen is her greatest musical role model. “I am inspired by the way they use their music, the themes they sing about. They write about things that matter in this world and are heard for it.” Aurora uses her songs to understand the world and cope with it. “I have a lot to say. I would like to tell the stories of those who fight and struggle more than most.”
Describing her music to P3, Aurora said, “My main focus is always the emotion of the music. So I hope at least people feel a lot when they hear me sing. Right now it’s all the music in a kind of ‘experimental-electronic-pop genre’. I love the weird sounds, weird atmosphere is always good.” With the song ‘Awakening’ she has already been named Urørt on the station, showing an artist with a maturity that few singers her age have.
Her writing work on her debut album has taken her to Berlin and London, but mostly she writes alone in her home town. The album is expected in 2015.
Hear the enchanting 'Awakening', her third ever live performance in fact and first on tv:
The latest project of brothers Anssi and Samuli Neuvonen, NEØV originated in the idyllic Finnish Lakeland town of Juankoski, surrounded by thousands of deep blue lakes and tree-covered islands.The band are currently in the studio recording the follow up to their acclaimed 2013 debut album ‘Orange Morning’.
The five piece’s distinctive sound palette mixes floating melodies and flowing rhythms with layered guitars, dozy keyboards and horns, influenced by their current home town Kuopio, a city surrounded by water, with several parts of the town built on small islands: it’s expansive but quiet, grandiose but intimate.
Watch the video for dreamy debut single 'Laketown':
About Ja Ja Ja
Founded in 2009, Ja Ja Ja is the definitive Nordic website, club night and festival celebrating the very best new music emerging from Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Denmark. Each month at The Lexington in London, Ja Ja Ja hand-picks the finest emerging talent from the Nordic countries, making sure that only the best music is filtered through to your ears. Ja Ja Ja is brought to you in association with The Line of Best Fit and Record of the Day.