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Oskar Nordbø combines elements of folk, indie, and country to craft his very own, unique sound of indie-folk. Gravitating towards honest and organic productions, Oskar draws inspiration from masterminds such as Bon Iver, Tallest Man on Earth, and Phoebe Bridgers, resulting in a rough, edgy soundscape with catchy melodies, well-crafted lyrics, all wrapped in beautiful melancholy. Musically, he is clear with his message and execution which contributes to the soothing vibe of his tracks such as his latest singles First Snow Falling and Lord Oh Lord. However, he does not shy away from exploration and takes that aspect into his life, as well as his musicality.
Since becoming a part of the Toothfairy team, Oskar has gained the attention of both national and international tastemakers such as Gaffa, Nordik Simit, Alfitude, Indie Folk Central and Indie Vibes, in addition to taking the stage on Sofar Sound, SALT and Musikkfest Oslo. While spending the year releasing three singles, as well as an EP the creativity of Oskar has not been halted. Now he is ready to release his debut album “The Flood” on the 13th of November.
After a whole series of ups, with a new romantic relationship, a completed bachelor’s degree in economics and recording of new music, things suddenly changed for Oskar. The relationship ended in a breakup, the new manager stopped making contact, and a lot of difficult existential questions about meaning and identity flooded his mind. After a long and difficult period, Oskar heard about a modern monastery that was to be reopened in Oslo, which caught his interest. Oskar, who had previously put aside the Christian faith he had grown up with, was now in a desperate search for answers and decided to give the community a chance. Could this be a way to find answers to all the questions Oskar had?
This journey builds the foundation and works as the recurring theme for his debut album “The Flood”; the search for identity, to find yourself and to find God. “The Flood” delivers 12 personal stories about this journey. In a landscape rarely challenged by innovative talents, “The Flood” beautifully proclaims that indie-folk is not manifested in one sound. Showcasing classic folk songs like “Amigo” and “Please Leave Me”, the summerly “Norwegian Summer” as well as atmospheric, instrumental-focused tunes like “The Flood II” and “The Flood III” the new album delivers a varied interpretation of indie-folk, carried by Oskar’s captivating vocals. “The Flood” can be described as a journey through the emotions that is best experienced from start to finish.
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