Welcome to Passport Playlist, a series where we’re taking you on a trip around the world to discover some incredible acts in different countries that you may not have heard of before. We’re highlighting artists who may not have had international or mainstream success to bless your ears with undiscovered music from all across the globe.
Today we travel to Norway, a tiny country known for being cold and eating fish cured in poison (yes, they actually do that). But Norway has also given us some great music throughout the years. Did you know that Stargate Productions, who have produced songs for giants like Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, and Rihanna, are from Norway? Norway has also given us some of the most prominent EDM artists such as Kygo, Matoma, and Seeb.
Highasakite is an indie pop/indie rock band that released their debut album back in 2012. They won the Norwegian equivalent of a grammy award, Spellemannsprisen, for the album and have released three more albums since then. In 2016 they were one of the artists to play at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. In 2020 they were again nominated for Spellemannsprisen, but the event was postponed due to Covid-19. Their songs are sincere and guaranteed to move you and make a great addition to your sad playlists.
3 Songs we recommend: ‘Can I Be Forgiven?,’ ‘Golden Ticket (Acoustic)’ and ‘Samurai Swords (Acoustic)’
Dagny is a pop/synth-pop/electropop singer-songwriter. After the success of her first single, ‘Backbeat,’ Dagny signed with Republic Records. In 2018 she featured on Seeb’s ‘Drink about .’ It became a huge hit with over 100 million streams. In 2020 she finally released her debut album ‘Strangers/Lovers.’ She has been nominated for Spellemannsprisen 5 times and won the P3 Gull song of the year award in 2020 for ‘Somebody.’ She really is an artist to look out for in the years to come. Her songs are gonna fit right into your more peppy mood-boosting playlists.
3 songs we recommend: ‘Somebody,’ ‘Love You Like That’ and ‘Backbeat’
ISÀK is a Norwegian-Sami electro-joik band. Sami are the indigenous people of northern Scandinavia, and joik is a traditional form of Sami singing. ISÀK combines joik with electronic music and is one of the hottest names within Sami music. They have songs in Norwegian, English, and North Sami, the latter is defined as definitely endangered by UNESCO. The band’s singer, Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen, is also a prominent environmental activist and Sami rights activist, and some of the band’s songs touch on these subjects.
3 songs we recommend: ‘Máze,’ ‘Become Like Them’ and ‘Elle‘
Amanda Delara is a pop/R&B artist. She became known in 2017 when her single ‘Paper Paper’ reached the top 20 on Spotify Viral both in the US and globally. In Norway, she had massive success with her cover of Karpe’s ‘Gunerius.’ She has been nominated for both “newcomer of the year” and “song of the year” at P3 Gull. She is an incredibly talented songwriter and a great representative of first-generation immigrants in Norway.
Songs we recommend: ‘We Don’t Run From Anyone,’ ‘Checka’ and ‘Soldiers‘
Øystein became famous for winning the Norwegian version of Idol back in 2018. Since then, he has stayed out of the spotlight for a while but has released some great songs, including a stunning cover of fellow Norwegian Maria Mena’s ‘Home for Christmas.’ He has a unique voice, and his performance is captivating. If you need love songs to sing your heart out to, you’ve come to the right place!
Songs we recommend: ‘Before I Go,’ ‘Tell Me About It’ and ‘Ocean’
Ruben is an electropop singer-songwriter from northern Norway. He debuted in 2017 with ‘Walls’ and made it all the way to 8th place on Norwegian charts. After the success with ‘Walls,’ he moved to Oslo to further his music career and released several singles. He has also been nominated for both a P3 Gull and a Spellemanns award. His songs are raw and honest and talk about love, dependence, and mental health.
Songs we recommend: ‘So High,’ ‘Lay By Me’ and ‘Power’
You can get a feel for these artists on our Passport Playlist – Norway playlist below!
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