Continuing on my love of innovative music (like here), let me introduce you to Kygo, a ridiculously youthful and talented Norwegian who shot to internet fame with his rendition of Firestone. However, I discovered him not through this most famous of his remixes, but rather indirectly through two other equally talented musicians in a live radio performance:
Which then somehow led me on to the below by the star of this post, Kygo:
For me, remixes are a bit hit and miss – some of them improve the original immensely (George Antonios’s remix of Lana Del Ray’s Cola, turning a slow and seductive song into something much more energetic, almost desperate, but still very sultry) and some of them are far less inspiring or flattering. Kygo hit a chord with me, however. Call it that chill vibe, or perhaps I have a thing for Scandinavian songwriters (I could listen to this for hours), but Kygo’s tunes and mixes fill me with youthful optimism, that sensation that whatever you are doing at that point in time no matter how mundane, it is exactly where you need to be.
Kygo’s debut album, Cloud Nine, was released 13 May this year, and contains original music as well as some of his popular remixes. His music is the type you’d play over a movie scene proclaiming teenage coming-of-age independence and exploration (Heartbreak High, anyone?), with a definite electronic theme tempered by the more raw sounds of pan-pipe like flutes (Stole the Show) or a well worn piano (Kygo’s instrument of choice) and acoustic guitar of some description (Fiction). What keeps you listening is the simple toe tapping appeal of the beats employed and tempo used in each of the songs – remember I am not a lyrics heavy person, so it’s overall way the song makes me feel that is my winning ticket.
Maybe the Puberty Blues description of the music a bit too juvenile for you, but I have definitely been traveling on a nostalgia train recently, so I don’t mind conjuring up those feelings of childlike enthusiasm through what I listen to.
What music are you digging at the moment?