Band Of Gold have premiered the new single ‚Well Who Am I‘ from their forthcoming album ‚Where’s The Magic‘ at PopMatters where it was described as ‚a really unique take on pop music with the gentle funky beats, lean arrangements, sudden swells of a guitar rocking out. It’s a minimal canvas with carefully chosen elements that somehow coalesce into an addicting and intriguing sound.‚.
Nina Mortvedt of Band Of Gold has said „‚Well Who Am I‘ is a quick look at how the brain works when in an obsession, making the smallest of details significant and amazing. It’s the yearning and irrational passion that you never get to live out. It makes you numb, feeling like you’re in a constant purple sunset. We had such a blast recording this one, and what Nikolai does with his guitar… I’ll let that speak for itself.“
Band Of Gold are a Norwegian duo consisting of the exceptional songwriter Nina Mortvedt and dynamic musician and producer Nikolai Eilertsen. Eilertsen has been known previously for his stellar bass guitar work with the likes of Todd Terje, Elephant9, and Susanne Sundfør, amongst many others but with the addition of some of Norway’s most creative musicians, they are now crafting their very own brand of skeletal funk, country soul and chamber pop, to create an eclectic, glowing concoction.
The collaboration between Norway’s Nina Mortvedt and Nikolai Hængsle as Band Of Gold, made a splash in 2015 with their self-titled debut being crowned with the Nordic Music Prize against heavy competition such as Bjork and Jenny Hval by the jury of Jeannette Lee (Rough Trade Records), Jude Rogers (The Guardian), Stuart Maconie (BBC) and Jonathan Galkin (DFA Records). This year will see the release of their highly anticipated follow-up album, ‘Where’s The Magic’ on Jansen Records.
Rich bass and drums, silky guitar and dreamy synths courtesy of Hængsle, help guide Mortvedt’s coy vocals, with a twang reminiscent of Natalie Prass, throughout. Hængsle’s tone might be subtle and understated on the latest single from the album ‘I Wanna Dance With You Again’, but her words certainly aren’t. “There’s a hand around my heart and it’s tearing me apart,” she laments.