Norway’s favourite pop superheroes KEiiNO have revealed a collaboration with folk-rock artist Sordal: ‘Transarctic Lover’.
“‘Transarctic Lover’ is a modern Beauty & The Beast story about falling in love with someone you cannot picture yourself with,” explains Tom Hugo from the band, “It’s literally about falling in love with an alien sea-monster with an impressive mojo.” You heard it here first!
Since winning the audience vote during Eurovision 2019, KEiiNOs mix of dance-pop, Nordic Folk and Sámi Joik has found a global audience. The trio has toured all over the world, won Scandipop-awards, was nominated for the Norwegian Grammys, NIMMA-awards and released a critically acclaimed debut-album ‘OKTA’ in May.
Alexandra, Fred and Tom Hugo of KEiiNO come from different parts of Norway and have very different backgrounds. But they share a value motto: ‘unity in diversity’, and the message is deeply rooted in their lyrics penned together with Tom Hugo’s husband Alexander Olsson.
KEiiNO brought attention to the indigenous Sami culture during ESC 2019, and were appointed ambassadors of the UN’s year of Indigenous languages. Inspired by this, they started their next project; recording music alongside indigenous artists from around the world. To contribute in the preservation of ancient vocal traditions, they wanted to include these in modern pop songs aimed for a young, streaming audience. Their debut-album OKTA includes four such collaborations, together with First Nations Australian ARIA-award nominated Electric Fields, Maori Haka-band Te Hau Tawhiti (Australia/ NZ) Native American rapper Dresuz and Inuk throat-singer Charlotte Qamainq (Canada).