January 25, 2017
There is something magical and otherworldly about the young Norwegian lady that goes by the name of Aurora Aksnes, known mononymously as Aurora.
Angelic, unpretentious and innocent on one hand, yet immensely charismatic, completely at ease with her own artistry and effortlessly powerful with her natural, animated and charming presence, totally immersed in herself.
While most of her songwriting has a melancholic connotation, which adds depth to the sugar sweet electro pop singalongs, witnessing her channel her alchemy in a live environment is more of a life affirming, joyful event that holistically embraces the darker shades of one’s nature rather than a gloomy commiseration.
Björk-esque in many aspects as she serves her Norse folk ballads on the rocks over a variety of synthesizers and other electronic curios, her down-to-earth demeanor is accentuated by her powerful vocal range and abilities, at times reminiscent of The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan’s lifting mezzo-soprano voice and trademarked yodeling, which conveys every nuance of emotion with the occasional heartfelt emotional outburst, emphasized by mime, gestures and dramatic expression and amplified by her impeccable sense of timing.
What makes her endearing and transports the warmth from within the tight-knit band onto the spectators is that she seems genuinely overwhelmed by the warm reception she receives from the appreciative audience, while having herself a bit of fun.
There is little doubt that this is all just the beginning and that Aurora has a great artistic career in front of her. You would not want to miss out on catching her in her current formative stage, where she still shapes, refines and further molds her very own signature style.
photos by KAVV
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