Although I pride myself on scouring the globe for new musical talent, I might never have found an artist from anywhere quite as remote as Louien, the project of Live Miranda Solberg. Hailing from Nesodden, a peninsula in the Norwegian fjords, South-West of Oslo, Louien first appeared back in 2019 with the stunning, None Of My Words, the sound of an artist attempting to make sense of the grief and trauma left behind following her father’s death. Now two years on, Louien is gearing up for the release of No Tomorrow, a collection of songs for the present, embracing the here and now and finding it unpredictable and wonderful in equal measure. The latest offering from the EP is Deep Within, the video for which Louien is premiering here today.
Discussing the inspiration behind Deep Within, Louien has spoke of it as being, “about when a change is coming, when you feel the fibres of your body change. When you’ve worked so hard to feel better and do better, and you can feel how it pays off”. That charged energy is present in the music as much as the lyrics, as the warm acoustics are accompanied by lush vocal harmonies and the steady thud of the heavily processed drum-beat. The contrast between the industrial pulse of the percussion and the lithe folky quality of the melodies is rather magical, like the middle ground of Laura Marling and Sea Change-era Beck.
The accompanying video has a certain 1980’s educational video flourish, courtesy of the grainy quality of the live recording of the band in a disco-ball laden warehouse. Check out the video below, and then be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the very special No Tomorrow, set for arrival via Jansen Records this summer.
No Tomorrow is out June 4th via Jansen Records. For more information on Louien visit https://louien.bandcamp.com/