This ‘Frøkedal’ article was written by Hazel Webster, a GIGsoup contributor
Anne Lise Frøkedal is no stranger to the Norwegian music scene, having been part of bands such as Harry’s Gym and I Was a King, the latter of which she is still involved with. Right now, however, she is embarking on a new adventure, having recently released her first solo EP, ‘I See You’. Frøkedal’s sound is born from her love of acoustics combined with traditional folk elements and influences from the electronic sounds of Oslo’s nightlife. She is an incredibly talented writer and musician, something which is clear from the four tracks featured here.
‘Surfers’ is slightly reminiscent of ‘Everybody’s Changing’ by Keane but with the added spin of Frøkedal’s quirky brilliance. Her vocals are like a calming lullaby being carried over gentle waves: effortlessly soothing and pure. Yet this song gives the air of being isolated and alone, waiting for a certain someone to come and listen to her secrets, even if revealing them ultimately tears them apart. ‘Surfers’ is soulful and melancholic, a strong opening track for the EP.
The title track ‘I See You’ shows the versatility of Frøkedal’s voice as she makes the transition from lower to higher notes with seeming effortlessness. This is a more cheerful and upbeat offering, encouraging us that tomorrow is a new day with new opportunities to be had. Combine this with the stunning harmonies and it is a winner of a tune.
‘Silhouettes’ is haunting and mesmerising with cascadingly beautiful vocals. The lyrics strike a chord in your soul, as if they mean something very deep and real. The strumming of an acoustic guitar, a slow and steady drum beat along with the sounds of a harmonica and tambourine adds to the atmosphere of it perfectly.
The final track ‘First Friend’ evokes the feeling of longing for someone who isn’t yours. Frøkedal conveys this emotion beautifully through the lyrics and the immense amount of passion she pours into singing them. Put that together with the dark, brooding nature of the accompanying instrumentation and ‘First Friend’ is pure joy to listen to.
‘I See You’ is out now via Propeller Recordings.