Listen To Girl share new video ‘Big Things’

March 10, 2019

Listen To Girl ‘Long-term World’ album out now via Earthly Habit

In the midst of Norway’s flourishing young alternative music scene you’ll find experimental indie duo Listen to Girl, who’s second album ‘Long-term World’ is out now via Earthly Habit. Their intimate and delicate sound, an invitation to be guided through new territory via lush duel vocals and soaring chorus hooks. Listen to Girl is the combination of guitarist/singer Christian Winther together with multi-instrumentalist Ina Sagstuen.

With alluring songwriting, an innovative mindset, and breezy production, the duo embrace their love for post-punk, indie, folk and Bossa nova. Of new video ‘Big Things’ they tell us “The overall look we were going for was something dreamy but with an unsettling edge. 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’s ghostly wordless backing sits behind Christian’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.” 

Debut album “Sea and Dirt” came out in 2016, and was picked up by Susanna Wallumrød, one of Norway’s most distinctive artists, and released as a special vinyl edition on her SusannaSonata label. She wrote: “Music that resonates with something on the inside. 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’.

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