Saturday, 9 November 2013
New video from Mona & Maria
HOTLY-tipped Nordic duo Mona & Maria have released their first music video for their track Babyflowers, taken from debut album My Sun.
The Oslo duo - Mona Andersen and Maria Knudsen - have written songs together for years and both were central parts of the band Bazooka Boppers, with whom they released two albums.
After the band's break-up in 2010, Mona and Maria continued together.
They said: "Something was let loose after we started working on songs that did not fit the sound of the band we were in. We strongly felt the need to create something more personal, and we started making melodies to something obscure that had been lying dormant in both of us.
"We both were terrified of singing alone, but together we sort of found a third person to make us feel secure. We began experimenting with harmonies. It became our way of being together. After several rounds and recordings of these songs, the record started to take shape, and we found our soundscape by working with dynamics.
"We wanted to have both the low-key and intimate, and the grandiose and dramatic, to have both darkness and light at once. We wanted to make unpretentious arrangements that enhanced the lyrics and the melodies, and not buried them. The result was My Sun.”
The album was recorded at Engfelt & Forsgren Studio with Christian Engfelt (Cato Salsa Experience, Apricot and Turns, and as a producer Lionheart Brothers, Cheaters and more) as a producer, along with the girls themselves. Engfelt also plays the bass on a few of the songs.
Check out the video above and for more on the duo visit facebook.com/monaogmaria