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NuBorg

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ALBUM REVIEWS

 

Trisickle:

"Thought provoking, measured and brilliantly organic in the way its tracks seem to grow into more than the sum of their parts, this nine track treat is a timely reminder that there are many genres and styles that remain largely unexplored – even in this day and age.

Nuborg brings together ambient music with pop, making it more accessible and recognisable without letting go of the slow build, background hum of the ambient style. Her lyrics are relatively sparse and uncomplicated, allowing the vocal to simply become a part of the music once you understand the thoughts behind each song. And while others are either raw and uncompromising or lushy produced pop, this one lands square between the two.

This is brilliantly produced, but with a heart on its sleeve. We recommend you go to iTunes now."

Culture Fly:

"From the very outset, the new album from Norwegian songwriter Nuborg is one that holds your attention. The first two tracks, Away With The Fairies and title song Sliding Off The Edge of the World, sum it up perfectly not only in sound, but in the titles too. For Nuborg is an artist who does seem distant, ‘away with the fairies’, and with an unusual sensibility that’s not of this world...

...it’s a specific and careful approach that is very well constructed to wring the maximum out of each track.

The sound is light and airy, but the themes and mood are deep and occasionally dark as the album continues. Perhaps the only exception, You You is a more straight up pop song with a hint of romance. The rest though is the result of a brilliant, shadowy imagination." 

Cellar Door:

"...this is one of the strongest and freshest debut LPs you’ll hear for some time. 
Typified by a deft attention to detail and the cultivation of a truly affecting sound, the album is both a labour of love and a truly startling achievement."

Watch This Space: 

"If there’s any justice in the music industry..., then 2015 will be a very successful year for Nuborg. A songwriter who matches simple ideas to complex structures to create really impressive songs that are unique to all her contemporaries, Nuborg deserves to turn heads with her new album."

Dagens Næringsliv: (Norw. only)

 "...nettopp det store vokalregisteret deler hun med Kate Bush. Fra hest, mørkt og rolig, via pipende pike-falsett, til høyt, desperat og vakkert.

Erland Dahlens trommer tilfører enda mer Madrugada-farget americana-drama. Mens gitaristene Bjørn Charles Dreyer og Gildas Le Pape (Satyricon) balanserer skjønnheten: Med tøffe melodiriff, lange gitarsoli ala Pink Floyd og velplasserte strekk med støygitar."

Golden Newbies:

"By our reckoning it’s taken far too long for Nuborg’s debut album to finally be released. After having us all licking our lips with anticipation with a string of great singles last year, an album (featuring said singles) was promised, only to fade into the ether. Of course these things happen in the independent music industry – schedules change, things get in the way – but we were so looking forward to the album that it almost made us cry into our cornflakes when we heard we would have to wait until this year.

BUT NOW….the album is out! And it’s as brilliant as we expected.

If you’re a follower of independent music (and if you’re reading this, you must be), we can promise you that Nuborg will be one of best early albums of 2015. There will be others with more hype and fanfare, but none with the ethereal, ambient quality we’ve come to expect from this Norwegian songstress."

Unfashionable Male:

"Norwegian artist NuBorg has put together a nine track debut she can be proud of. Dealing in a kind of serene ambient pop with thought provoking lyrics and themes, the album really is a masterpiece.Norwegian artist NuBorg has put together a nine track debut she can be proud of. Dealing in a kind of serene ambient pop with thought provoking lyrics and themes, the album really is a masterpiece."

Indie Music Mag:

"Behold the stunning title track from NuBorg’s new album ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World’. Enigmatic and shadowy, this track is well picked as the one to lead out her new, top quality album.

However, among those shadows, there’s plenty of light. There’s something uplifting about the simplicity of her songs and the way they tend to build from small blocks into epic tracks. There’s no doubting that hours of effort has gone into making this whole thing seem so effortless…"

GAFFA: (Norw. only)

"Dette er nemlig av typen som vokser like sakte på deg, som det bygger seg opp fra sin svevende start til å mot slutten likne noe mer trip-hopish håndfast.

Åpningssporet Away With The Fairies er akkurat så luftig og lengtende som tittelen antyder, mens midtstykket I Lie A Lot – som også er sterkeste spor – er en perle av popmelankoli."

Rhythm & Ruffle:

 "Gunhild Nyborg known as Nuborg, has the most haunting, soothing vocals — she is the musical, mythical child of Enya and Celine Dion. Nyborg is a Norwegian vocalist, songwriter and producer, who on January 8th, 2015, released her debut album titled, ‘Sliding Off The Edge Of The World’ — a collection of serene singles, that carry with them a vulnerability, albeit a confident one. She never loses control."

BuzzJack:

"2014 was a big year for singer-songwriter NuBorg, spinning her ambient pop yarns out on a monthly basis in a series of singles. What was impressive was the consistency of those singles - each one finding a mark a quality and keeping up and impressive run of top class songs.

Well now those songs have been collected together to make a typically top class album. Varying from the hypnotic title track to the more upbeat 'You You', this is versatile songwriting from a skilled writer who also works with a strong team to make sure each song lives up to its potential.

Further highlights include 'Inanna' and especially 'One Day' (which shares some DNA with the aforementioned title track. But really this isn't an album of highlights and lowlights. This is an album of great texture throughout, and even the weaker songs are good songs. So this is case of 9 songs which range from good to great and better - and a firmer recommendation you can't get from an album."

Night Nurse: 

"Sometimes it’s quite clear that a new artist is coming at music from one of two directions. Some are all instinct, wearing their heart on their sleeve with the lyrics and putting it to music that is scruffy and unkempt, getting by on emotion and charisma. Others are planners, who obsess over every word, melody and sound to come up with exactly what they want, and can sometimes come across as cold and unfeeling as a result of their working and re-working of songs.

Somehow, Norway based NuBorg is both.

The melodies and lyrics on show throughout her debut album ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World’ are by turns heart rending and uplifting, outpourings from the heart that have the potential to move you. Then, the music is so careful, so well produced and structured that it can’t simply be an accident. These are carefully written songs which, while slow in pace, are still written with emotional abandon. It’s an impressive mix and marks NuBorg out as a genuine artist amongst the din that is the independent scene these days."

Real Music Network:

"...this is understated, contemplative and high quality music with a unique production approach. It’s not bombastic or in your face, but gradually grows into something genuinely epic and beautiful."

The Music News Site:

"...after a superb collection of lead-up singles last year, Norwegian singer songwriter NuBorg has brought in the new year with new album ‘Sliding off the Edge of the World’. Packed with top quality, ambient-pop tunes, there’s a distinct tone to NuBorg’s work – full of atmosphere, melancholy, and top quality production.

There’s something compelling about the way these songs are put together, and they were powerful enough one at a time. However, a full album serves to show how consistent her songwriting really is, and how well captured and unique she manages to be throughout."

Music Crowns:

"Over the course of the year, NuBorg released a series of nine singles, month by month, each of which had something to recommend it. A couple of them were featured in these very pages, but even those not mentioned here were very impressive pieces of work.

And now, with 2015 getting its feet firmly under the table, NuBorg is coming back again – this time with a debut album. The LP collects together all the excellent singles from last year, making for a trippy, spaced out experience when enjoyed back to back. As you can hear from the title track above, NuBorg has a taste for slightly offbeat electronic vibes, which place pop music tropes and crescendos alongside throbbing electro sounds  that would sound out of place in less assured hands.

Fortunately in this case, the combination works superbly, and the streak continues throughout the full album..."

Rhythm Raid:

"A Norwegian singer songwriter who is so far flying a bit under the radar, NuBorg deserves a lot more plautits than she’s getting, as evidenced by the title track to her new album, ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World". Patient, considered and brilliantly constructed, this song perfectly sums up the album of which it is a part. ...

It’s a nine song LP that really shows that we don’t have to be satisfied with the big labels’ output. All independently produced and released, this is truly great music that you won’t hear on the radio (though you should)."

Fædrelandsvennen: (Norw. only)

"...det er helt klart et internasjonalt snitt og en global dimensjon over uttrykket til NuBorg..." 

Blood Sugar Sex Music:

"Mixing ambient electronica with classic song writing structures to create a unique, shape shifting group of tracks, this is one of the strongest and freshest debut LPs you’ll hear for some time."

Skip To the Good Hit:

"...the beauty and touch which makes NuBorg a very exciting new artist. Full of pathos, but also strangely fulfilling, her music is unlike anything else around at the moment."

Less Ordinary Folk:

"We can’t recommend enough that you get on board with this particular artist – NuBorg is one of the most captivating new independent artists we’re aware of on the scene at the moment, with an ambient pop sound that’s very rare."

Just Can't Get Enough Music:

"Melancholic, contemplative, uplifting and beautiful, ‘Sliding Off The Edge of the World’ is the new album from Nuborg, a songwriter from Norway who certainly knows how to spin and ambient pop tune.

The title track to the album (above) is just a taste of what she’s capable of, layering melodies and rhythms over one another in subtle but effective blends to build something stunning. Many of her songs start quietly, introducing the elements without combining them, before eventually bringing it all together in one big crescendo.

Ordinarily, a nine song release which adheres to a formula like this might seem prosaic, but in this case it all just washes over you with an ebb and flow that seems organic. This is not music made for the masses, this is music made from passion and it’s clear to see in the lyrics and the building blocks of this excellent album."

MuzicNotez:

"Each song we’ve heard from Nuborg has been excellent, and putting them all together in one individual release is something to be celebrated. The clarity of the vocal, cutting through the strains of ambient pop that surround it, is truly a thing of beauty. Not only that, but these are songs that stay in your head and your thoughts long after they’ve finished.

They may not be ‘catchy’ in the vein of your average pop song, but they will needle their way under your skin with their mixed themes of isolation, missed opportunities and promising love. It sounds depressing when you write it out like that, but it’s anything but – it’s just beautiful."

We Don't Want A Proper Job:

"Released as individual singles over the course of last year, the songs have now been brought together in a full album that is – thanks to the strength of each single – is all killer, no filler."

Vents Magazine:

"...checking out this extremely talented, and highly unusual, live performer."

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REWIEWS FOR SLIDING OFF THE EDGE OF THE WORLD:

Buzzjack: 

"Norwegian songwriter Gunhild Nyborg is an artist on a roll....

The latest single, released April 15th, was the title track to the album. Understated and gorgeous, it's a lush sounding blend of sharp, sparse lyricism and independently minded production.

It's worth saying that this won't be picked up and played by fans of upbeat pop. There's sadness in this song that lends to its beauty and makes it infectious without being 'catchy' - steely in its pace and contemplative in its form, this is stunning stuff. So stunning that it's made me use lots of posh, fancy words to try and describe how good it is."

Is This Music:

"...this innovative drip-feed of material is starting to gather momentum.

And it’s no surprise given the quality of her work. The latest single, ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World’, is beautiful and gentle but with a dark, haunting undertone. Reminiscent of Kate Bush, it’s accessible but unusual, and holds a fantastic vocal performance from Nyborg.

With a number of high profile collaborators working on this project with her, NuBorg’s star has a great potential to rise as the album release date gets nearer. And based on this track, Gunhild Nyborg deserves any success she is able to get."

Echoes and Dust:

"...Dominated by haunting vocals, the first thing you notice about Gunhild Nyborg is her ethereal idiosyncratic voice that could be compared to the likes of Kate Bush. Sliding off the edge of the world starts with dark, atmospheric effects and layers of ambient guitar by Bjørn Charles Dreyer which continue throughout the background of the track. Marius Reksjø’s slow melodious bass line kicks in in unison with the dense heavy rhythm of drums from Erland Dahlen. Over all of this, Gunhild’s voice shines out almost tangibly. She imparts a unique and strong melodic delivery with attentively thought out lyrics. Isolated from the seductive bass line and slow heavy drums, her wispy vocals grab a hold of you.

Nuborg states their musical influences are Massive Attack, Portishead, Snow Patrol and Ultravox and it certainly shows in their song arrangements and compositions."

Brews & Reviews:

"A Norwegian songwriter with an understated flair, NuBorg is the stage name of the exceptionally creative Gunhild Nyborg."

Golden Newbies:

"The chorus lyrics of the new single from NuBorg ... perfectly sum up the feeling of the song. Hypnotic, dreamlike and evenly paced, ‘Sliding off the Edge of the World’ gives you the feeling that you’re doing just that. Slowly, but surely, sliding away.

With repeat listens, the effect grows – the excellent production, the simple but effective arrangements, that bassline – this is beautiful music, without a doubt."

Less Ordinary Folk:

"...This is the April offering – slow burning, stunning, and haunting enough to be stuck in your head when you wake at 3am. Trust me, it’s true."

Indie Music Mag:

"Brilliantly produced and dominated by a haunting vocal, the track is built on the dynamic lifts and falls of the verses and choruses, as well as a highly melodic baseline."

Vents Magazine:

"Understated and atmospheric, the song is slow paced and offers ample space to the high quality vocal. The instrumentation is subtle does an excellent job of building and fading where necessary. Overall this is a top quality release from an album that’s shaping up to be a good one."

Blood Sugar Sex Musik:

"With a wide ranging approach to songwriting, NuBorg has been compared to a wide range of artists including the likes of Kate Bush, Massive Attack and Portishead."

Culture Fly:

"...The title track from her new album, Sliding Off the Edge of the World is a thoughtful, meditative track that, although it couldn’t be called ‘catchy’, does find a way of sliding under your skin and staying there."

My Baby Donkey:

"‘Sliding Off The Edge of the World’ is a haunting track about the fear of losing a love you’ve come to depend upon.

The title itself is a poignant metaphor for the feeling of losing control to someone else in a relationship, and marks out NuBorg as an artist with a very deliberate approach to her lyrics."

We Don't Want A Proper Job: 

"...With comparisons to the likes of Kate Bush, the clear, precise female vocal really compliments the foreboding, light instrumentation. A little gem."

Trisickle:

"From the sparse opening, which gives way with a slow cymbal crash to the contemplative rhythm and bass line, this track feels like it’s got you where you want it. ‘Sliding off the Edge of the World’ is the latest single from NuBorg, a singer songwriter from Norway who isn’t afraid to do something different."

Whisperin And Hollerin:

"An excellent introduction to NuBorg for those who weren't aware of her previously (as I wasn't), this is convincing enough to make sure I pay attention to..."

Real Music Network:

"Sitting on top an effective bass melody and understated orchestration, the song displays a really strong vocal from NuBorg – this is the first I’d heard of the monthly single project, but I can highly recommend listening back to previous tracks on the YouTube page too."

Just Can't Get Enough Music:

"...there seems to be a real online momentum behind the project..."

 The Music Truck:

"Contemplative and beautiful..."

Rhythm Raid:

"...With a wide ranging approach to songwriting, NuBorg has been compared to a wide range of artists including the likes of Kate Bush, Massive Attack and Portishead. And though her songs might be versatile there are two things that tie them together – her thoughtful lyrics and her strong vocal delivery...."

My First Stage:

"For some reason, there’s something romantic about a track that you feel would be best listened to on a rainy day. Perhaps one of those days when intermittent rain showers are interrupted by moments of sunshine. It’s that kind of feeling that I get from ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World’."

Cellar Door Fam:

"Keep up to date with this excellent project..."

Skip To the Good Hit:

"Brilliantly produced..."

 

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REWIEWS FOR YOU, YOU:

 

Unfashionable Male:

"Constructed around spaced out notes on the electric guitar and a melodic vocal that shares qualities with the likes of Sarah McLachlan, this is a truly top quality pop song. With any luck, it will be heard in the right place and at the right time and earn Nuborg the recognition she deserves before her debut album release in August."

Skip To the Good Hit:

"Good songs from Norwegian singer-songwriters are like the proverbial London bus – you wait forever for one, then two come along one after the other. No sooner had we posted about NuBorg’s excellent ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World‘, when we were informed ... about another single!"

The Dutch Guy On Air:

"It still amazes me how many great songs are out there, undiscovered but so beautiful, it’s giving me goosebumps all over. ‘You You‘ of Norwegian singer/songwriter Nuborg is one of those tracks I immediately fell in love with. Not only does she hit those high notes with ease, you can’t help but to overthink the powerful lyrics she’s dropping on us."

Vents Magazine:

"Inspired by the idea that nobody should doubt how beautiful they really are, the song is perhaps Nuborg’s most radio-friendly, ‘pop’ song yet – a marker for her ambition to break through with the release of the album..."

The Music Truck:

"‘You You’ is described as her most straightforward pop song yet, eschewing the darkness of previous, more atmosphere based efforts in order to write a full on playlist friendly tune.

The results are successful, NuBorg’s most immediately accessible song yet and a change from her usual sound. We’re looking forward to next month’s return to the more introspective form of previous songs, but in the meantime this is an enjoyable diversion."

My Baby Donkey:

"From the very opening of this new single from NuBorg, you can tell you’re in safe hands. The picked guitar chords that lead into the quiet opening verse and chorus are sublime, as is the fragile vocal. It makes for a small but solid opening for the excellent pop song.

Things kick in more for the second verse, where the drums pull everything together and the chorus turns into a soaring, layered thing of beauty. The drop out and final build is just the cherry on the cake."

Rormix, Staff favorites for May:

"Lead vocalist Gunhild Nyborg’s silky voice combined with layers of guitars and beautiful scenery all added their own charm to what became this amazing video. Well worth keeping your eyes on..."

Is This Music?:

"Driven by a lovely, spaced collection of clean electric guitar chords, the song is a touching tribute to those who don’t see their own strengths.
It all comes in at a mellow, pared-back pace which lets the song grow nicely, each chorus more lush than the last."

Watch This Space:

"The album, ‘Sliding Off The Edge of the World’, is shaping up very nicely indeed – especially taking into account the shared qualities but the eclectic genre mix of the last few singles."

Rhythm Raid:

"‘You You’ is the most straightforward ‘pop’ track yet from the excellent NuBorg. Usually working in a low-key, ambient (but still accessible) style, ‘You You’ sees the Norwegian songwriter take a slight left turn, but with top results. ...

It’s elegant, succint and a great sentiment."

Indie Music Magazine:

"‘You You’ promises to be Nuborg’s most attention grabbing track yet..."

Echoes And Dust: 

"The most impressive principal of 'You, You' is in the simplicity. The melody of the backing instrumentals make way for the lyrics and vocals, allowing for them to be the focal point. The captivating element of Vocalist Gunhild Nyborg’s distinctive voice is her pitch range which can be compared to that of a mezzo soprano, going from strong deep tones to higher honeyed innocence that sometimes comes off as a sweet babydoll tone from the past.

I’m looking forward to seeing what NuBorg has to offer up next."

Skope Magazine:

"...NuBorg's debut album project is a long form release worth paying attention to."

The Music News Site:

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Muzic Notez:

"You’re who you are… You’re what you are… You’re beautiful! And let no one tell you otherwise…"

We Don't Want A Proper Job:

"The full album, ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World’ (the title track was released last month) is shaping up as something special, with the brightness of ‘You You’ mixing with some darker, more melancholic tracks. What they all have in common though are lyrics of depth and a strong, beautiful sound."

Night Nurse:

"Light and subtle, but with hidden depths, ‘You You’ is the latest single from NuBorg’s upcoming album ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World’. ...

With comparisons to the likes of Kate Bush after her last single, this one is more in the pop vein of Christina Aguilera (minus the vocal histrionics)."

Golden Newbies:

"The single, ..., is arguably her strongest yet..."

Culture Fly:

"The new single from NuBorg sees her once again on top form..."

BuzzJack:

"...the commercial pop sound of this single isn't exactly typical of the usually more atmospheric NuBorg. That being said, this experiment into a new sound has come out very nicely indeed - a verse chorus verse structure built from acoustic guitar, drums and an impressively tight vocal."

Trisickle:

"...it’s a pure pop treat that looks likely to stand out on her album – a release likely to be of a more introspective, but no less beautiful, style."

Cellar Door Fam:

"...it’s new music worth keeping an eye on."

Real Music Network:

"With a more acoustic-pop infused sound, the atmospherics of her previous single have been left behind for something all the more radio-friendly.

The ‘poppiness’ however doesn’t make for a dip in quality, as the lyrics about appreciating your own inner beauty in the face of insecurities really do hit home."

Brews & Reviews:

"...a nice slice of honest, heartfelt pop."

My First Stage:

"...though her songs might be versatile there are two things that tie them together – her thoughtful lyrics and her strong vocal delivery."

Blood Sugar Sex Music:

"...written with the help of established pop hit writers Martin Sutton (LeAnn Rimes, Backstreet Boys) and Ron Roker (Tina Charles)..."

Less Ordinary Folk:

"NuBorg returns with a new single which is beautiful in a whole new way.

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A lovely sentiment ... and a lovely song to go with it."

Music Crowns: 

"Captured at Waterfall Studios in Oslo, the singles/album are produced by experienced muso Odd Harald Jensen, who drums for the band Babel Fish and also co-wrote one of the songs on Ronan Keating’s last album."

Just Can't Get Enough Music:

"‘You You’, released today, is the latest of her album tracks/singles to be released in the lead up to her full album release... definitely something to look forward to."

 

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REVIEWS FOR ONE DAY:

Echoes and Dust:

"Nuborg’s new release for August ‘One Day’ is strictly composed with a heavy percussive sound and trickling guitar parts throughout. It’s ambient mixed with sultry pop, though truth be told Nuborg doesn’t seem to stick to the confines of one genre there is always influences of something else chiming in.

One Day for instance starts with a slow heartbeat percussive sound and culminates into an intricate intoxicating haze of guitar and synths, with singer Gunhild Nyborg’s distinctive and Kate Bush-esque vocal performance added on top. In other words Nuborg’s sound is like a breath of fresh air and is quite rich in its simplicities yet also intricate for those willing to listen closer.

It’s brooding down tempo ambience at its best. Nuborg has the ability to go from hushed whispers to penetrating climactic heights in a way that shows no toil or struggle."

Trisickle:

"I’d like to introduce you once again to the weird but wonderful sounds of Nuborg, a Norwegian singer-songwriter who we’ve covered on these pages before.

However, with a new single out now (see above) it’s as good a time as any to remind you of her charms....It’s a release we’re very much looking forward to, an album which will for the first time string together her recent single track releases into a cohesive whole.

This collection of songs, grouping together her tracks of unique taste and texture, will be something of an experience to listen to. Brooding, layered and beautiful, hers is a sound that deserves a longer form, and we’re looking forward to it!"

Watch This Space:

"Dark, atmospheric and very very effective, ‘One Day’ is the latest in a string of singles from singer-songwriter Nuborg. But don’t let that ‘singer-songwriter’ tag fool you into thinking this is standard acoustic fare.

No, this is something all the more complex – chords, lilting vocals and spaced out sounds built around sparse percussion which forms the basis of a slow build, picking up towards the end for an epic crescendo – this one will reward patience.

Stay up to date – this is a musician who deserves your attention."

Real Music Network:

"One of the most intriguing acts we have come across this year, Nuborg is back again after a short break with new single ‘One Day’. ... 

With a Kate Bush (topical) like vocal, this is perhaps her most affecting single since ‘Sliding off the Edge of the World’ – sultry, dangerous, and with a killer ending. Enjoy this – songwriting this thoughtful and detailed doesn’t come along every day."

The Music News Site:

"With a truly spooky opening giving way to one of the most atmospheric songs we’ve heard in some time (well, at least since previous track ‘Sliding off the Edge of the World’), the new single from Nuborg is a return to the slow, enthralling style we initially fell for.

The single... is yet another indicator that the full length LP is definitely going to be one to look forward to."

My Baby Donkey:

The bond theme that never was, this little gem is the latest track from Norwegian singer-songwriter Nuborg.

As has been the pattern for her other recent singles, this is very well written alternative pop music, and if you don’t believe me, check out the pre-chorus breakdowns building up to a key and chord change in the chorus that really sideswipes you. 

Indie Music Mag:

There are lots of words you could use to describe the work of Norwegian songwriter Nuborg. Dark, atmospheric, thoughtful, compelling and more, but I would say one of the best to sum it up is simply brilliant. 

This is music for people with patience. No catchy hooks as such (though those dark melodies are infectious), no upbeat pop build – just well constructed ambient music with an independent feel.

The latest single, ‘One Day’, is yet another stunning track, and continues to mark Nuborg out as a songwriter worth your time. Roll on the album!

Skip To the Good Hit:

"...we’ve heard pop, catchy melodies, and also darkly ominous songs dripping in atmosphere. One thing that you can say for sure is that the quality will be good... this latest single is definitely from the darker, more atmospheric offerings. ‘One Day’ is full of subtlty, growing from a tiny seed into a rhythmic, drum led finale that expands organically throughout."

Golden Newbies:

"If there’s one thing you shouldn’t do when listening to the latest track by Nuborg it’s skip through it or stop it halfway through. Allowed to play out in its epicness, this is a gradual, affecting song that rewards those with longer attention spans. See for yourself – click play above and let it unfold."

Blood Sugar Sex Musik:

"...we have been treated to this dynamically shifting piece of excellent ambient songwriting.

‘One Day’ is a constantly shifting, seemingly alive track which starts small and ends big, with an slow, well paced build throughout. The instrumentation, mostly melodies with overlapping effects and a crucial drum part, really gives the sharp vocal space to shine.

Available now on iTunes, this is one of NuBorg’s best yet – we’re very much looking forward to the album."

BuzzJack:

"Stunningly haunting, One Day is the new single from ambient Norwegian artist NuBorg. We've featured her singles on Buzzjack several times before, and each just as high quality as the last.

This particular tune comes from a seemingly dark place, with a subtle growth that creeps up on you as it moves forward. Trying to describe the sound is nigh on impossible (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlLh5yzIDjA) but the feeling it inspires is easier to put into words.

It's really beautiful work, a growing sense of unease brought about through well structured music which climaxes with a seemingly impetuous (but somehow fitting) drum solo."

Whisperin' and Hollerin':

"Out now and the latest in a set of very strong singles, 'One Day' is new from singer-songwriter Nuborg.

Originating in Norway, the songwriter is becoming known for her songs which drip with feeling and are somehow unusual and haunting without being unaccessible.

This is no exception - glitchy electronic sounds mix with Nuborg's usual pure/unaffected vocal and a busy but unobstrusive rhythm part in the drums. It's around this that the rest of the song crescendos from start to finish. Subtle, effective and brilliant."

Less Ordinary Folk:

"Once again, we’re straying from our roots, uh, roots, to bring you the stunning new single from NuBorg.

Although this isn’t folk, country or any of the usual genres we write about here, this song is a prime example of what can be done to raw structures when a bit of ambience is added. This is delicious music, and we’re very much looking forward to the debut album, due early next year."

Rhythm Raid:

"Once again, NuBorg – the Norwegian singer-songwriter who’s been consistently releasing excellent singles over the course of 2014 – has returned with another cracker."

Unfashionable Male:

"It’s kind of off kilter, thoughtful pop, but without any of the bubblegum that usually comes with the genre. Her latest single (we think there’s one more on the way either before or alongside her album ‘Sliding on the Edge of the World’, due soon) continues this run of really strong songs, and we really look forward to seeing everything tied together – hopefully it won’t be too long."

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REWIEWS FOR INANNA:

The Music News Site:

"Dark, tense and stunning, with a percussive arrangement that is almost orchestral in its scale and complexity, ‘Inanna’ is the latest single from the ever excellent NuBorg..."

Inanna Naked:

"Sensual melancholy in the atmospheres in black and white of remote places"

Grade 8.5/10

Echoes and Dust:

"Once again NuBorg releases their monthly track for June continuing the slow trickle method until her full album release in August. This month’s track, Inanna, based on the prominent Sumerian female deity of love, fertility and warfare, is a slow sultry tune that we’ve come used to hearing from the haunting NuBorg.

Chanting Inanna, rising out of a melody defined by its rhythm section, the lyrics are heavily rooted in the mythology of ‘Inanna’s descent into the underworld’. A goddess and queen of heaven who descended into the underworld and was stripped of her powers, only able to come back when her lover took her eternal place.

“The queen of heaven heading for your terminating quest, so invincible, but stripped of all the pearls around your breast”.

The deep and heavy drum beats within the first minute of Inanna set up the rest of the track giving it a kind of tribal feeling, effortlessly combined with Gunhild’s otherworldly vocals. If there ever was a voice to sing about goddesses and femininity, it would be someone with a voice like Gunhild Nyborg. Her ethereal and wistful high pitch tone lends to the sensual and unearthly vibe of the song.

The track follows a similar pattern of previous songs released by Nuborg, opening with echoed instrumentals and a heart-like heavy drum beat, gradually building towards a viscerally pleasing climax with distorted guitar sounds, and haunting backing vocals chanting the goddesses’ name. “Inanna, Inanna your lover would be in bars to pay your price, leaving him to forever sacrifice”, before settling back into its former composed self."

The Music Truck:

"With another month passing and the 15th of the month coming around, we’re happy to inform you that we have once again received anew single from the excellent Norwegian artist ‘Nuborg’. Releasing her album one track at a time on the 15th of each month, with the full album due in August once all tracks are available, it has been a truly intriguing project of very high quality. ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World’ was the first of NuBorg’s singles we featured – a dark, moody, ambient pop masterpiece – followed swiftly by last month’s excellent acoustic pop track ‘You You’.

And as great as last month’s single was, we’re pleased to hear that new song ‘Inanna’ is a return to the style of the former. Compelling, dark and creating a real atmosphere, the song builds slowly. Adding continuous layers to its dark chrd pattern, ‘Inanna’ is nicely structured so that its huge crescendo – arguably NuBorg’s most complex so far – creeps up on you and is therefore hugely effective. Then, as the sound eases of towards the end, the impact is allowed to sink in."

Real Music Network:

"As the lyrics say, ‘Inanna’ sees Norwegian singer-songwriter NuBorg ‘exploring the dark side’. The construction of the staccato vocal melody over the humming, simple chord pattern makes for an excellent combination, creating a deliciously dark atmosphere which is easy to enjoy.

The single, the latest in NuBorg’s monthly single release schedule which will see a new song born on the 15th of each month, is another about turn to the realm of ambient pop after last month’s ‘You You’ was more commercial. The previous month’s ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World’ shares more DNA with this latest, and it will once again be very interesting to see where NuBorg goes from here, with only two months of this excellent project left."

BuzzJack:

"We've started looking forward to the 15th of the month - with one single due each month from NuBorg until the album is released in August - and it's not difficult to see why with this seventh single release.

Dark, spooky and throbbing with a sultry threat, the song reflects previous, excellent single 'Sliding Off the Edge of the World' in its mood. Understated, slow build, and with some excellent percussion that really sees it through and gives the song momentum. It grows into an epic crescendo of a song - feeding off the ever expanding instrumentation to deliver perhaps NuBorg's biggest sound yet."

Just Can't Get Enough Music:

"The latest installment in the compelling project of NuBorg to release a new single each month until the album is fully available in August, ‘Inanna’ is a deep, atmospheric track which can be summed up in one word which I’ve already used: Compelling.

‘Inanna’ seems to typify NuBorg’s approach to songwriting – accessible, instantly infectious but also straight out of left-field. It’s an ambient pop sound which has more in common with her earlier singles than her last (‘You You’) which was more of a typical pop song. This, though, is dripping with skill, quality and intrigue.

As ever, we look forward to what NoBorg has up her sleeve next month!"

Less Ordinary Folk:

"Once again, we’re straying from our roots, uh, roots, to bring you the stunning new single from NuBorg.

Although this isn’t folk, country or any of the usual genres we write about here, this song is a prime example of what can be done to raw structures when a bit of ambience is added. This is delicious music, and we’re very much looking forward to the debut album, due early next year."

Photo: Vratislav Kocourek, Czech Republic