Monday, May 25, 2009

Spotlight Artist May 25 2009 - Harrys Gym

Harrys Gym is a band that received a well deserved hype last year when they released their self-titled debut album. It was a long wait for a lot of fans. Due to some problems with their former record label their original debut album never got a release. Instead they recorded a new one in their own studio with drummer Bjarne Stensli as producer. We're happy they did.

The music sounds like a mix between Blonde Redhead and The Knife. Chilling analogue synths layered upon clockwork drums added to the hauntingly beautiful voice of Anne Lise Frøkedal, also of I Was A King fame, cuts this band apart from most bands in Norway and (dare we say) the rest of the world.

Listen to Harrys Gym on Spotify

Visit them on MySpace

Watch the video for "Top of the Hill":


Monday, May 18, 2009

Spotlight Artist May 18 2009: Hiawata!

Welcome to Northern Exposure. This is a blog dedicated to showcasing norwegian indie acts on the great music service Spotify.

Missing any great norwegian indie bands on the playlist? Don't panic! We've created a collaborative playlist for you to add suggestions for new tunes: suggest new tunes for Northern Exposure here!

Every week we'll give an artist or band a little extra attention. This first week we introduce to you the lovely Hiawata! An Oslo quartet playing jangle pop reminiscent of bands like Teenage Fanclub, Dinosaur Jr. and Norwegian indie legends Beezewax. Their latest record just found it's way to Spotify and is aptly named: These Boys And This Band Is All I Know.

Watch their quirky video for the song Valley Boys: