Pop music rarely covers as much historical ground in the course of an album as Norway’s Aurora Aksnes does here. This might be a forward looking piece of work, with futuristic production and intriguing, sometimes daring melodies, but The Gods We Can Touch has its roots in a deep and very distant past. For her third album Aurora turns to Greek mythology for inspiration, joining a long-standing tradition of several millennia within the arts.
Though, here she largely avoids the societal commentary that often permeated her previous work in favour of a more intimate examination of love - and of all the joys and horrors that ensue from it. This juxtaposition is best captured on "A Dangerous Thing", where AURORA sings "Something about you is soft like an angel / And something inside you is violent and danger". Again, on "Everything Matters", the seemingly sweet and innocent ("you sleeping in the seat next to me / Like a baby") is subverted by Tori Amos-esque, off-kilter piano playing that suggests a brewing storm.
You may not need a cure m'lady, but we did, so thank you.
Quitting feels great. You know what I mean, that instant relief you feel when you suplex your responsibilities from the top ropes towards outside the ring and the crowd inside your head roars and cheers for that newfound resolve and the ….
There's a certain magical parity that exists between Aurora Aksnes' airy physical appearance and her alluring musical complexion. Her onstage garb, which often resembles that of a white-haired forest fairy, is complemented magnificently by her silky, wintry brand of electropop, the likes of which is marked by acrobatic hooks and fantastical lyrics that could only be concocted by a Nordic mind. In other words, her entire artistic ethos is as it appears on the cover of her latest record, The Gods We Can Touch; she's elegant, undeviating, and simultaneously in eight places at once.
Europe's favourite eclectic pop icon Aurora has returned to grace 2022 with her new record 'The Gods We Can Touch' - a multifaceted release that uses classic myths to illustrate modern day woes, provocatively commenting on the world surrounding it while also reaching for something grander. Dark and moody single 'Cure For Me' serves as the crux of the album - not only dropping a bombshell of liberation in it's addictive chorus, but also serving as the inspiration for the Greek deity thematic. While the goddess of remedy might endorse unshackling shame, Aurora has promoted this message in a whole new way and this forward-thinking manifests throughout the rest of the 15-track experience.