By Mandy Rogers
With the abundance of Scandinavian pop forever springing up a fruitful crop, I do of course in the first instance get to listen to an amazing amount of Swedish pop, but lately I’ve found myself engaging with all things Norwegian. Most notably I have been quite hooked on Ex A-ha front man Morten Harket’s brilliant new album “Out Of My Hands”, having played this out lots since it’s UK release, I now turn to see what else is new, fresh and Norwegian good.
Formerly known as Norwegian indie synth pop trio Lorraine but now re-christened as Blackroom, have recently delivered a new album called “Lighthouse”.
The band stir up a sound that is more power charged than their Scandinavian counter-parts, it’s very Hurts vocally brooding, whilst on the sonar landscape breathes both stabbing synth lines, “What Is It That You Want” through indie electro dance “Falling Down”, “Control” and beyond into dreamy techno ambience “XTC”, “Frances” & “Witness”.
I have found, “Lighthouse” to be an enjoyably intriguing and interesting album with an indie jagged electro edge for the most part, that offers a collection of songs to absorb and grow with in a new-wave approached ear friendly way.