Aurora (photo by Isak Okkenhaug, PR)
As WFUV honors Women’s History Month, we’re also announcing a handful of “Ascending Women” musicians who are writing their own history with exceptional new music. Some make returns; others are at the very beginning of their career. We asked these artists to write about the “Five Essential Albums” that shaped their own path.
On his third album, The gods we can touchNorwegian alt-pop musician Dawn explores what she calls the intricate spiritual doorway between humans and gods. “In the right hands, faith can become the most beautiful, nurturing and warming thing,” she explains. “And in the wrong hands, it can become a beacon of war and death.”
It’s a prescient concept guiding Aurora Aksnes’ album, given the disastrous world events of the past few years. She shrewdly weaves Greek mythological concepts into songs like the melodious “Giving Into the Love,” “Artemis,” and the bouncy “Cure for Me,” which directly reflects her ardent advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights — and is directed toward the dance floor. (She’s no stranger to club bangers, collaborating with Chemical Brothers on 2019’s “Eve of Destruction.”) There’s a levity that runs through The gods we can touch – Aurora frequently describes the new album, her first in three years, as a way to show a more “playful, sensual and carefree” side of herself and her music.
Contributor to the soundtracks of the films “Frozen II” and “Wolfwalkers”, Aurora, based in Bergen, also develops the cinematic power of its writing on The gods we can touch – a theme evident in her own listening habits when we asked her if she could write about her “five essential albums” for FUV’s “Ascending Women” series.
Aurora: five essential albums
The chemical brothers, Hana
The first album I ever liked. The whole thing. It also introduced me to the Chemical Brothers, who are one of my favorite music producers.
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
This album sounds so existential. And that suits my existential mind. I often find comfort here.
Björk is a wonderful designer, and this is one of my favorite albums from her. I discovered it quite late, in relation to what phenomenon it is. And when I heard this album, I understood why the world loved it. And now me too.
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Arrival
The world has truly lost a beautiful soul. Jóhann Jóhannsson was a beautiful designer. And this album gives the impression of being born.
Gojira, The Wild Child
This is the first album I bought for myself, so it will always have a very special place in my heart. It looks like a mountain. It’s really big. And I really like that.