Norway’s lo-fi effort Wauwatosa shed their first sleek offering, ‘Snakes’
Rain or shine, the lush blend of lo-fi Scandinavian tones perfectly encapsulates tempestuous weather and gloomy moods whilst the verdant soundscapes and beguiling production will more-often-than-not swaddle you with comfort. As more and more exceptional music releases extend themselves onto our radar, we grow equally excited to share intriguing new tunes with our readers – such as this one!
‘Snakes’ is the first single release from little-known Norwegian collaborative project WAUWATOSA through their partnership with Australian artist-run label, Spirit Level.
Spirit Level founder Tim Shiel discovered Wauwatosa two years ago after unearthing their self-released EP while searching for new music to play on his weekly Double J program. At the core of Wauwatosa are producers-songwriters Sigurd Ytre-Anne and Martin Langerød, who work with a rotating roster of friends and artists from around Oslo to create off-kilter pop, amalgamating electronic and organic sounds with electrifying vocals provided by varying collaborators. Tim, Sigurd and Martin have stayed in close contact ever since, with this track marking Spirit Level’s first worldwide release of non-Australian music.
‘Snake’ introduces itself as a slow-burning and minimalistic track, leaving bountiful room for Greek-Norwegian singer Marianna Sangita’s smooth, resounding vocals to richly contrast against the opening lo-fi aesthetics. Warbling synths, compressed celestial tones and shuddering sonic effects progressively surmount the foreground to build layers of smouldering textures, ultimately encircling the lambent vocals.
Wauwatosa are currently working on their full-length debut album, which is set to be released worldwide in 2018 via Spirit Level.
Words by FREYA DINESEN