24 May 2016
ASTRID S - "HURTS SO GOOD" (POP, NORWAY)
Astoundingly this pop starlet who follows in the hallowed footsteps of fellow Scandinavians Tove Lo, Say Lou Lou and Zara Larsson is only nineteen years old but already her curt lyrics, towering vocals and slick electro-pop indulgences have made significant ripples in the music world and it shows no signs of curtailing.
"Hurts So Good" is a cathartic pop ballad that splutters emotive angst across a soundscape of blistered electro synths and translucent beats from the very beginning; partly fraught in places, melancholic in others, it is hard to pinpoint whether the solo artist and former Pop Idol contestant is content with the pleasure-pain symbioticism of a relationship or that it is more a case of trivial emotive malaise. Either way this track remains fiercely stoic as independent clicks and digital reverb rousingly soar together in combination with Herculean vocal notes. Hefty choruses and pooling interludes mean this icy slow-pop number gives further credibility to Norway's latest talent.
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