Aurora emerges from her chrysalis [Review]

Aurora emerges from her chrysalis [Review]

Norwegian synthpop singer Aurora’s much-awaited debut album sports cover art of the 19-year-old artist as a moth with her body still wrapped in a cocoon. When you listen to Home, you’ll learn that the cocoon is a metaphor for the physical body that she feels trapped in. “Doesn’t really matter where you come from, we are home,” she sings, layering in harmonies that give the song a church music quality.

And nothing makes her more at home than music. All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend is a collection of songs that mainly hark to the theme of a submissive relationship. The tracks are minimally produced, giving room for Aurora’s clear, pure voice to send shivers up your spine. I Went Too Far is one of the album’s highlights, a heart-breaking piece where Aurora desperately does all she can to catch her love interest’s attention, but which has a chorus so euphoric and catchy it’s impossible not to dance along to. Murder Song (5,4,3,2,1) is another gem in the album, and the only song where you hear Aurora’s serene voice show a bit of agitation. Through the Eyes of a Child is a beautiful piano ballad filled with sweet harmonies as she yearns to be able to appreciate the world again like she did when she was younger.

While other pieces lack the excitement these songs offer, this album makes a solid statement that this teenage singer is one to keep an eye on.

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This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
A new star emerges from her chrysalis


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