Alpine Those Myriads: Norwegian One-Man “Kaleidoscopic Music”
I feel like any Alpine Those Myriads song could explode at any moment. “Nocturnal Hysteria pt. 1,” my favorite track from the Norwegian one-man project, often does. Sometimes it’s a screeching saxophone. Other times it’s a droning electronic orchestra that could take down a church. Similar to Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch’s score in the latest Blade Runner, eerie underlayers of noise crescendo into bombastic moments of bliss.
“Avant-garde expeditions, nervy electro, psychedelic blizzards, tragedy & surreal humor and the odd dash of singable melodies are combined into what one may experience as kaleidoscopic music.”
“[This] Norwegian band…is all about operating in odd and exotic realms, freeing their creativities from both external and internal expectations and dogmas, thus finding new avenues of artistic expression along the way. Gypus Chelofan (the band´s composer & leader) has since 2001 been pushing the boundaries of the band within many different line-ups. From 2017 he´s chosen to set sail completely alone to explore and develop the rich musical world that the band are known for in a more compact monster.”
Modern Love: Early Hives Meets Iceage Meets Norwegian Lyrics
Possibly due to its dark and cold winters and the lukewarm midnight sun of its short summers, Scandinavia is a land of harsh and juicy oppositions when it comes to music. The most famous artists that come out of here are either writing some of the catchiest melodies ever composed – think of Abba and A-ha – or playing the darkest and most terrific metal in the world, with a large portion of them playing black metal.
While often being included in a scene that prefers heavy and fast music, Modern Love from Oslo clearly belongs to the first category. They play a sort of peppy and distorted punk inspired by ’80s patterns, yet the real secret of the band, active since 2012, lays in their ability to write captivating melodies capable of surmounting the language barrier – their lyrics are in Norwegian, yet they sound almost intelligible to any English speaker for the enthusiastic nerve they hold.
Their geographic provenance can actually be heard quite clearly on their last album Tross Alt. Not just because of the lyrics, but also because the sonic references on the record definitely points towards the Northern countries of Europe: there’s the charisma of The Hives from Sweden, but also the primeval punk energy of Iceage from Denmark.
And like The Hives, Modern Love are at their best during their live performances. The singer wriggles on the stage, making eye contact with the crowd at every word he sputters with a ’77 punk vibe. Unlike the first wave of punk, though, he spreads only positivity in between the songs, turning his band’s show into a spate of “free hugs” and motivational words; to fight indifference and offer an example of what a real (modern) love should actually look like.
Koo Koo Kitchen is a Norwegian quartet based in Oslo that makes tight and catchy indie-pop. Is “Deerhunter” named after that one band we all know and love? If anything, they sound more like Deerhoof, the other great indie band named after Deer.
Shout out to Emerging Indie Bands for first sharing the track.