Louien – None Of My Words (Jansen Records)
Not in her wildest dreams, did Live Miranda Solberg foresee the kind of attention a single demo uploaded to Soundcloud would attract. Shortly after she uploaded “Demo no. 1” one year ago, she found herself playing two of Norway’s biggest festivals, Øya and by:Larm – without an official release. And this one demo, along with spine-tingling live shows, has left audiences yearning for more.
Louien is Live Miranda Solberg. She might still be relatively unknown to most, but those who follow the international Americana scene closely will have heard her spectacular voice in the band Silver Lining: a four-piece in which she is one of the main singer-songwriters – her songs attaining several million streams worldwide. Now Louien’s solo debut None Of My Words is finally ready.
Four years ago, she lost her father. He was an actor and singer, who in many ways shaped Solberg as the artist she is today. All the songs on the record revolve around mourning, introspection and also how heavy grief can bring turmoil, but also evolve you as a person.
“Grief allows for beautiful things as well,” says Solberg. “Love and hope, for instance, and you really get in touch with your own feelings. But this album is probably more about the first phase of a grieving process – hopelessness, isolation, anxiety and depression.”
The album was recorded with Øyvind Røsrud Gundersen at Brageveien Studio in Oslo. Among the guests are Kaja Fjellberg Pettersen, Henrik Lødøen, Øystein Braut, Kristine Marie Aasvang, Signe Marie Rustad and Einar Kaupang.