Kyss På Halsen – ‘Night Wanderer’ EP

Norwegian band Kyss På Halsen present a serenely memorable electronic pop sound across their Night Wanderer EP, taking inspiration from the Edvard Munch paintings Starry Night and The Night Wanderer. A balancing of hooky immersion and atmospheric engrossment is evident from the project, which comprises Lene C. Jørgensen, Anders M. Killerud, Ole Torstein Hovig, and producer Øyvind Røsrud.

The opening “Blow Your Brains Out” proves magnetic with its dreamy synth-pop yearning. “Don’t you let me go,” the vocals weave into a wordlessly ethereal captivation, as the vocals and synths reflect with weightless qualities. “There is a place for you inside my head,” they further, contrasting a softly endearing electro-pop arsenal with lyrics exploring giving into visceral emotion — even in cases of jealousy and desires for revenge. The project’s ability to meld lush hooky enamoring with lyrical intrigue is strongly evident on this memorable opener.

The highlights continue from there; “Vesper” floats with hypnotic night-driving sensations, desiring for feelings “closer than ever before,” — while “There’s Always Someone Awake Somewhere” continues the nocturnal entrancement with its breath-y vocal reflections and “I can keep your warm,” reassurances alongside balmy synth trickles. The scenic title track and anthemic pop spirit of finale “Dive” also impress, making it a strong 5-for-5 on this standout EP from Kyss På Halsen (translated to “A Kiss On The Neck”).

“Vesper” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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