I tend to get very touchy when it comes to Aurora Asknes. If you don't know her, she is a fantastically talented musician from Norway whose songs I have been jamming to since long before she became a permanent feature on the Starbucks soundtrack. I've trawled the internet for almost every recording she has ever made, down to her whimsical and impromptu live covers of songs. It's one of the few times that I morph into a grumpy hipster-ogre and feel slighted that I discovered her music before she was cool, but now every snapchat-happy festival goer wants to elbow their way into the front row next to me so they can pretend to sing along to her songs (do I sound too bitter?).
Snap-trappers aside, I'm incredibly excited to see her live this January at the Laneway Festival in Singapore (where I will obviously be glued to the front row), and I wanted to give people a fair chance to prepare so they don't feel left out when I sing along perfectly to every word because I'm an obsessive nerd. Whilst you can easily find all of her more famous songs like Runaway, Conqueror (which you may recognise from the FIFA soundtrack), Running with the Wolves and Murder Song (a personal favourite), the one song that sends chills up my spine and plays endlessly in my head at night is her cover of Nat King Cole's famous song, Nature Boy.
With a hauntingly beautiful cello accompaniment, this song is pure perfection and I highly recommend that you listen to it.
Pepper & Söl