Single Review – Röyksopp – Running To The Sea

Röyksopp are a Norwegian electronic duo from Tromso who formed back in 1998. They include Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland who met each other when they were twelve and thirteen. Their first new single since 2011 is Running To The Sea; which has produced their first number one single in Norway in spite of their previous four albums reaching the top spot there. The track features wonderful wistful vocals from Norwegian vocalist Susanne Sundfør. The song is very much formed around her vocals and she is more than capable of gently leading the songs progression. She is first accompanied by a piano. Then the dance like beat and the synths are layered underneath her voice. Her vocals are really manipulated well but also in a subtle fashion. The echo begins right at the end of each line is gently floats away amongst the electronic sounds. It’s a good clash of natural and unnatural sounds that works pretty well. Having said that; it is a pretty generalised sound no matter how effectively they’ve arranged and produced it. I suppose it will get a fair bit of attention from around the continent but it isn’t particularly innovative and they have been capable of better. However it is still skilfully recorded and produced and if they were aiming for a hit, then they’ve got it. Why haven’t they had a go at Eurovision yet? They would win for sure.

http://youtu.be/h8XCUbGAILo

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