Niilas has released his live video for the track titled ‘Strawberry Dub’. Recorded live at the Kistefos Museum in Jevnaker, Norway, the sonic essence of ‘Strawberry Dub’ perfectly fits the atmosphere of the surroundings. The tranquilness permeates through the video with a cinematic splendor and surrounds you visually, audibly, and even spiritually with a subtle cacophony of lush soundscapes and a vivid living dream.
Norwegian producer and composer Niilas (moniker of Peder Niilas Tårnesvik) returns with an exciting album in River Of Noise. His debut album Also This Will Change earned him a Norwegian Grammy Award (Spellemann) for ‘Electronic Music Record of the Year’ – and despite starting on such a high point, Niilas has not shown any signs of slowing down. His music has received airtime on BBC Radio 1 and NPR Music, earned recognition and praise from the likes of i-D Mag, Stereogum, Magnetic Magazine, METAL Mag and ElectronicGroove, and accumulated over 1 million plays across all platforms. He is known for his energetic live performances – he headlined at Munch-museum, appeared at Øyafestivalen 2022 which featured Gorillaz, and performed at Spot Festival 2023 before notable artists Caribou and Todd Terje.
Hailing from the Norwegian city of Bergen, Niilas pays homage to his indigenous Sámi heritage and Arctic aesthetics in his music, which combines folk instruments with electronic textures from an amalgam of genres, resulting in a unique expression of club music. Inspired by the likes of Røyksopp, Four Tet, Jon Hopkins, Burial, and Floating Points, his music deftly dances along the borders of techno, house, ambient, and sound design. His soundscapes glitter and pulse, full of movement and feeling, with an otherworldly yet primal quality. He has most recently collaborated with folk-musicians from Norway and Iran, working across genres and expressions, expanding the map of what defines electronic music.
Transcending genres, River Of Noise is full of mind-bending soundscapes and melodies. From intergalactic breakbeat and D&B rhythms, to more conventional four-to-the-floor breaks, Niilas channels the ethereal with his experimental and emotive sound design and hits the mark. Despite being ideal for both the club and at-home listening, River of Noise is more suitable for wide open spaces and massive sound systems. Its phantasmal and unpredictable array of synthetic elements combined with organic recordings from a Norwegian Harding-fiddle and an Iranian Santoor make the album highly unique in its sonic offering, presenting a wide array of tracks and kaleidoscopic arrangements to get lost in. Sometimes slow and haunting, and at other times aggressive and hard-hitting, Niilas’s versatility and musicality is plain to see, as hypnotic synth arpeggios and basslines glide and wrestle with enchanting leads, never once missing a beat – an album immune to filler content.
The focus track and video ‘Strawberry Dub’, sees Niilas exploring a more ambient approach, live at the Kistefos Museum. Utilizing a synth from SOMA Laboratories called “The Pipe”, Niilas is seen performing the instrument with gigantic mirrored monoliths in the background, evoking vibes of Stanley Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey. The song itself is enigmatically layered and loaded with depth, as Niilas explores a slower, more soundscape-focused vibe with lush chords and swooping synths atop ancient-sounding vocal drones.
Speaking on the album, Niilas had this to say: “I’ve tried to completely let go of my own expectations, and rather try to let the immense changes that the world is going through impact my creative direction. Sort of letting the music river run through me. River Of Noise has both conventional club tracks, and some really interesting collaborations with folk-musicians from both Norway (with the Harding-fiddle) and Iran (Santoor)”.