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Music: it's all from the north; an introduction to Norwegian music

I dare to call myself a fervent music enthusiast, with a strong preference for everything Scandinavian, and in particular Norwegian. When I was a kid, my father was really quite strict about classical piano, believing there was no other "real" music than classical. Even as an eight-year-old boy, I found this to be a rather extravagant and grotesque statement. It wasn't long after that, while alone at home, lying on my stomach, that I accidentally tuned the small radio we had to a jazz station. That moment changed everything.

I fell in love, quite literally. I experienced a warm, pleasurable sensation in my stomach. It was a combination of euphoria, fear, and curiosity. Partly because I was afraid my father would come home and discover my extramarital adventures with the radio. I heard rythms I had never heard before, and the famous 'blue note' chords gave me the shivers, in the good sense of course.

Over the years, my taste evolved, developing a rather specific preference for obscure music, which in many cases happened to all come from the north. Allow me to mention a few of my absolute all-time favorites: Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Nils Petter Molvær, Trentemøller, Tord Gustavsen Trio, Røyksopp, Bugge Wesseltoft, and Lulu Rouge.

A Norwegian Landscape

But I won't bore you further with my eccentric music preferences. Instead, I've curated a little playlist on Spotify featuring only Norwegian artists. You'll find plenty of pop, some electronic, and a touch of jazz. Not too much jazz, because I want to keep you here. Anyway, you hopefully catch a bit of the Northern atmosphere while planning your Norwegian adventure. Immerse yourself!


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