Currently a favourite artist at FMS HQ is Emilie Nicolas and her chill dub-pop vibes. The Norwegian vocalist’s upcoming single ‘Pstereo’ has a bewitching Scandi sound and the video boasts an equally remote and enchanting look.
We shot some quick questions to the upcoming talent and she fired her answers right back, managing to cover language translation issues, her forthcoming album and some of her favourite artists.
‘Pstereo’ is a cover of a song by the DumDum Boys – why did you chose to record this track and are you a fan of the band?
It was actually by request from a festival in Norway. So I just made it for them and then it became my first single.
Umm… What does ‘Pstereo’ actually mean?
Good question! I have no idea! The original song is as vague as my version since I just translated the lyrics to English. I think the only one who knows this is Dumdum Boys.
Your album, Like I’m A Warrior, is soon to follow. Is ‘Pstereo’ symptomatic of the LP’s sound?
I believe ‘Pstereo’ might be the more of a “hit” than the rest of the tracks on the album. Since I wrote it for a festival and didn’t think it would be a single, it is maybe not as personal for me, but the sound and the electronic vibe to it is the same.
Which musical artists did you grow up listening to?
I listened to Bossa Nova and Keith Jarrett, and then Sade, Jeff Buckley and Radiohead etc.
Are there any particular artists or albums that you’re really into at the moment?
I don’t listen to that much music, so when I first find something I like, I listen to it a lot over a period. Right now I don´t have any but I listened to a lot of Popcaan in the winter.
What do you think are the defining characteristics of Scandinavian pop music?
I don’t think there are any, but I believe that if you give something your undivided attention, in this case music, that things will blossom.
Words: Kate Allen