In the midst of Norway’s flourishing, young alternative music scene you’ll find experimental indie duo, Listen To Girl, who have just released their new video for ‘Big Things’, taken from second album, Long-term World.
“The overall look we were going for was something dreamy but with an unsettling edge,” say the duo. “The colour palette was inspired by the music videos Tim Pope made for The Cure during the late 1980s, and also Dario Argento’s 1977 film, Suspiria, where vibrant primary colours create a deliberately unrealistic, nightmarish world.”
For much of the song, Ina Sagstuen’s ghostly wordless backing sits behind Christian Winther’s lead vocal, this inspired some of the compositions. Vaseline smeared around the lens to add a blurred vignette, and angles historically associated with the German expressionism period, such as the Dutch tilt, was used to create an unusual look. “We also got an interesting camera angle by removing the back of an acoustic guitar, and shooting Christian singing through the guitar’s sound hole.”
Listen To Girl is the combination of Winther (guitarist/singer), together with multi-instrumentalist, Sagstuen. With alluring songwriting, an innovative mindset, and breezy production, the duo embrace their love for post-punk, indie, folk and Bossa nova.
Long-term World is the follow-up to their 2016 debut album Sea And Dirt, which was picked up by Susanna Wallumrød, one of Norway’s most distinctive artists, and released as a special vinyl edition on her SusannaSonata label. “Music that resonates with something on the inside,” she wrote. “Catchy and unique, it is an art to write such songs. An experience of both something familiar and yet undiscovered.”
On Long-term World they’ve taken their largely acoustic and stripped down sound a step further, reminiscent of that ’70s golden-era studio sound before you notice the unruly synth bass and lo-fi electronic drum samples underneath those vintage instruments. Here they also introduced moments of impulse and improvisation to their laboriously sculptured self-production, such as the distorted tuba solo on ‘Birds’, canny synth drips on ‘Once Yourself’, and the almost divine-sounding jazz drums and beautiful piano surrounding the ballad ‘Change’.
Long-term World is out now via Earthly Habit.