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All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend

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Steeped in gelid electronic textures, pulsing beats, and yearning modalities, Aurora's All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend also blends vivid lyrical imagery with parts fantasy and heartache for a haunting full-length debut. The 12-track album by Norwegian singer and songwriter Aurora Aksnes includes two European charters from her prior EP, 2015's Running with the Wolves. Both gray-shaded numbers about being out of place, "Runaway" and "Running with the Wolves" turn out to be the average of what the substantial LP offers rather than standouts. With a soundscape that finds danger lurking in the corners, "Runaway" has echoing water droplet effects, creeping screeches, and windswept transitions among its sparse arrangement and lyrics like "I was running far away, would I run off the world some day?" What sets Aurora apart from the field of dark, spare electro-pop (Lorde, Lykke Li) are elaborate, soaring melodies and a pure, lilting soprano that on several tracks seems presented with minimal studio tampering, an impression made more likely by the singer's reputation for live performance. While much of the album is brooding if not downright wretched -- "Murder Song" has the protagonist recounting the story of her own death, though lyrics are tempered by a club-ready mix -- it's not without moments of lightness. The rousing "Conqueror" is sweetly melodic and decidedly perkier than anything on her debut EP. A song like "I Went Too Far" has a solemn text but an uplifting, synth-swirling chorus and dance-insistent beat. One of the lasting impressions of All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, as suggested by its title, is a supernatural aura created not just by spacy electronics but by the songwriter's nature-themed lyrics that have her regularly identifying with or immersing herself in the elements ("Walking in my sleep like the naked trees"). Titles like "Black Water Lilies" and "Winter Bird" denote songs about overcoming forces both in the natural and mental realms. Still a teenager at the time of the album's release, Aurora proves to be an already skilled fashioner of dynamic, affecting pop.
© Marcy Donelson /TiVo

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1
Runaway
00:04:08

Aurora, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Wharton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Magnus Skylstad, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Aurora Aksnes, ComposerLyricist - Odd Martin, Producer, Drums, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Conqueror
00:03:27

Geir Luedy, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Wheatley, Producer, Mixer, Additional Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Davis, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Aurora, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Wharton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Magnus Skylstad, Producer, Drums, Piano, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Aurora Aksnes, ComposerLyricist - Geir Lundy, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Alf Lund Godbolt, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Odd Martin, Producer, Bass Guitar, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Odd Martin Bergjord Skålnes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Running With The Wolves
00:03:14

Michelle Leonard, ComposerLyricist - Aurora, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Wharton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicolas Rebscher, Producer, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Magnus Skylstad, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Aurora Aksnes, ComposerLyricist - Odd Martin, Producer, Bass Guitar, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Lucky
00:04:13

Neil Comber, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Aurora, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Wharton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Darren Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Magnus Skylstad, Producer, Drums, Bass Guitar, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Aurora Aksnes, ComposerLyricist - Alf Lund Godbolt, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Odd Martin, Producer, Bass Guitar, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Odd Martin Bergjord Skålnes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Winter Bird
00:04:04

Neil Comber, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Aurora, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Wharton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Darren Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jonny Wright, ComposerLyricist - Magnus Skylstad, Producer, Drums, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Aurora Aksnes, ComposerLyricist - Odd Martin, Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

6
I Went Too Far (Jeremy Wheatley Single Mix)
00:03:27

Jeremy Wheatley, Producer, Mixer, Additional Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Davis, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Aurora, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Wharton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Magnus Skylstad, Composer, Producer, Drums, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Aurora Aksnes, ComposerLyricist - Odd Martin, Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Odd Martin Bergjord Skålnes, Composer

℗ 2016 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Through The Eyes Of A Child
00:04:34

Michelle Leonard, ComposerLyricist - Aurora, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Wharton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Magnus Skylstad, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Aurora Aksnes, ComposerLyricist - Alf Lund Godbolt, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Odd Martin, Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Mix Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Warrior (Jeremy Wheatley Mix)
00:03:43

Michelle Leonard, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Wheatley, Producer, Mixer, Additional Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Davis, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Aurora, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Wharton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Knolle, ComposerLyricist - Nicolas Rebscher, ComposerLyricist - Magnus Skylstad, Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Janis Liphardt, ComposerLyricist - Aurora Aksnes, ComposerLyricist - Odd Martin, Producer, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Odd Martin Bergjord Skålnes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)
00:03:20

Neil Comber, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Aurora, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Wharton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Darren Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Magnus Skylstad, Producer, Drums, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Aurora Aksnes, ComposerLyricist - Odd Martin, Producer, Bass Guitar, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Odd Martin Bergjord Skålnes, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Home
00:03:32

Aurora, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Wharton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Hull, ComposerLyricist - Magnus Skylstad, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Aurora Aksnes, ComposerLyricist - Oystein Skar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Odd Martin, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Under The Water
00:04:24

Neil Comber, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Aurora, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Wharton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Darren Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Michelsen, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Barman Michelsen, ComposerLyricist - Electric, Producer - Magnus Skylstad, Producer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Edvard Erfjord, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Aurora Aksnes, ComposerLyricist - Odd Martin, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

12
Black Water Lilies
00:04:42

Aurora, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Wharton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Magnus Skylstad, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Aurora Aksnes, ComposerLyricist - Odd Martin, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Odd Martin Bergjord Skålnes, Composer

℗ 2016 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

Steeped in gelid electronic textures, pulsing beats, and yearning modalities, Aurora's All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend also blends vivid lyrical imagery with parts fantasy and heartache for a haunting full-length debut. The 12-track album by Norwegian singer and songwriter Aurora Aksnes includes two European charters from her prior EP, 2015's Running with the Wolves. Both gray-shaded numbers about being out of place, "Runaway" and "Running with the Wolves" turn out to be the average of what the substantial LP offers rather than standouts. With a soundscape that finds danger lurking in the corners, "Runaway" has echoing water droplet effects, creeping screeches, and windswept transitions among its sparse arrangement and lyrics like "I was running far away, would I run off the world some day?" What sets Aurora apart from the field of dark, spare electro-pop (Lorde, Lykke Li) are elaborate, soaring melodies and a pure, lilting soprano that on several tracks seems presented with minimal studio tampering, an impression made more likely by the singer's reputation for live performance. While much of the album is brooding if not downright wretched -- "Murder Song" has the protagonist recounting the story of her own death, though lyrics are tempered by a club-ready mix -- it's not without moments of lightness. The rousing "Conqueror" is sweetly melodic and decidedly perkier than anything on her debut EP. A song like "I Went Too Far" has a solemn text but an uplifting, synth-swirling chorus and dance-insistent beat. One of the lasting impressions of All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, as suggested by its title, is a supernatural aura created not just by spacy electronics but by the songwriter's nature-themed lyrics that have her regularly identifying with or immersing herself in the elements ("Walking in my sleep like the naked trees"). Titles like "Black Water Lilies" and "Winter Bird" denote songs about overcoming forces both in the natural and mental realms. Still a teenager at the time of the album's release, Aurora proves to be an already skilled fashioner of dynamic, affecting pop.
© Marcy Donelson /TiVo

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