Release Date: Sep 11, 2015
Record label: Arts & Crafts
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Experimental Rock
Farao, aka Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Kari Jahnsen, could have taken a more predictable road on her debut album. She has the breathy, clear, slightly husky soprano voice that's come to characterize "indie" (the genre, not the ethos). She has the right image. She has the instrumental chops.
On her full-length debut, Norway's Farao (singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kari Jahnsen) crinkles up the hypnotic electro-acoustic soundscape of her self-titled EP into a pulsing, crunchier version of itself. Till It's All Forgotten opens with a bang as syncopated drums and handclaps carve the irregular-metered "TIAF" along with a rhythmic, single-note guitar line and piercing keyboard tones. The instruments and effects only build and wind from there, launching the album into orbit.
The intricate, richly textured folktronica of Norwegian singer-songwriter Farao, aka Kari Jahnsen, has stimulated a gentle yet insistent bubble of hype that has been growing steadily for some time now. A string of well-received EPs and singles has paved the way for this, her debut LP, entitled Till It’s All Forgotten – and many will be eager to hear whether her considerable charms retain their power over the course of a full-length album. Happily, they do, at least for the most part.