Sometimes it’s quite clear that a new artist is coming at music from one of two directions. Some are all instinct, wearing their heart on their sleeve with the lyrics and putting it to music that is scruffy and unkempt, getting by on emotion and charisma. Others are planners, who obsess over every word, melody and sound to come up with exactly what they want, and can sometimes come across as cold and unfeeling as a result of their working and re-working of songs.
Somehow, Norway based NuBorg is both.
The melodies and lyrics on show throughout her debut album ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World’ are by turns heart rending and uplifting, outpourings from the heart that have the potential to move you. Then, the music is so careful, so well produced and structured that it can’t simply be an accident. These are carefully written songs which, while slow in pace, are still written with emotional abandon. It’s an impressive mix and marks NuBorg out as a genuine artist amongst the din that is the independent scene these days.
The new album is out now on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sliding-off-edge-world/id943559614), and if you like what it offers as much as we do you should get along to The Islington in London this Thursday. Entrance is £5, and NuBorg will take to the stage with her band in the UK for the first time. Don’t miss it if you’re in the area (or even if you’re not).