Inspired by her favourite movie – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Norwegian folk-pop artist, Farao’s newest recording Til It’s All Forgotten most closely resembles an elegantly haunting fantasy. Her dewy vocals, hypnotic lo-fi hums and acoustic murmurs are married with lyrics wrought with the darkness and familiarity of human miscommunication and the solidarity of fear.
The instrumentals as well as the vocals throughout the recording, released in September 2015, have an almost ethereal or supernatural feel, with Kari Jahnsen (a.k.a., Farao) almost single-handedly playing all the instruments on the album. Her intricate arrangements, that include acoustic guitars, piano, horns and synth, exude a certain form of ghostly charm. This conceptually allows the listener to consciously float through the lyrically-experienced melancholy exposed in this recording.
Lyrically, Farao takes intimate human despairs and translates them into beautifully chilling vocals that capture an eerily relatable concept of isolation due to fear and unhappiness. More specifically, her recording is an abode to erasing memory. This idea is not meant to be taken literally, but rather in the sense of “erasing what you’re not happy with and moving on from it”, as she explained to Noisey. I believe wholeheartedly that with this recording she achieved that and more.
Want to check out more from this Norwegian gem? You can find her on – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, web and SoundCloud. Or if you happen to be in Europe this November, check out one of her shows! Her European tour begins November 12, 2015 in Manchester, U.K.