Norway’s cryptic pop trailblazer Lover has released his new single ‘Train Station’.
‘Train Station’ is a sphinxlike, 80’s inspired synth bop which exudes sophistication and inventiveness and is the reincarnation of the artist’s sonic façade, following on from the release of the debut LP from his Hawkin’s alter- ego.
Lover commented on the inspiration behind his new single, saying:
“Train Station is about enjoying the ride, not thinking too much about what happens next. We are too concentrated on the future rather than the now; When I go on holiday, when I move, when I’ll be on that stage. Call it a celebration or meditation. The only thing I know is that we need it, more than ever.”
We thought it would be a great time to get to know him a little better as part of our series...
Hello and welcome to The Lowdown! How are you?
"I'm feeling better than in a long time, thank you!"
Introduce yourself and tell us a fun fact about you!
"I'm Hakon and a fun fact is how my fav hobby is making shelves... like for books and vinyls. We've got shelves everywhere."
Where are you from?
"I'm from the Sognefjord on the west coast of Borwau, the largest fjord in the world. I didn't know that whilst I grew up there though."
When did you start making music?
"First song was Nirvana inspired with the title «dont wanna go back to school». Obviously like 15 years old or something."
What’s your favourite place to play live?
"In nature, hopefully a forest at festivals."
How would you sum up your sound in a sentence?
"Like Blood Orange produced Robyn's new single in Drake’s studio... a couple of glasses of champagne down."
Have you had a stand out moment in your career so far?
"I've played a lot live and it’s many high notes there, but there's one song on the upcoming album where the writing process was so special to me. It's like I needed some minutes in the middle of the session, thinking to myself thinking «this must be it. This is the song I was created to create.» I mean we have to take care of those moments, even though they often turn out to be somehow false."
What would be your dream venue to play?
"My dream venue is a privately hired warehouse with all my friends and green plants and trees hanging from everywhere."
You’ve just released your single ‘Train Station’. Tell us a bit about the track!
"It's a track written at Bergen songcamp where I was put in a room with the producer duo Atella and a swedish girl called Oleana. We had four hours and wrote, recorded and produced the whole track within that time frame. Quite magic how it just happens so easily sometimes. When we started sampling the drum track from Toto - Africa, it was all downhill from there."
How has the reaction been so far?
"I'm humbled by the response this time. Super happy that people want to listen to my music. Even friends who haven't been in touch for years have come back to me saying that they really enjoy it."
Your album is due out later this year! What can we expect from that?
"More of the good stuff. Some sexy stuff. Some fun stuff. All of it made with a serious undertone."
And finally, what are your plans for the future?
"Five more albums."
Lover will release a new full-length in the fall.
WORDS BY ALISTER ROSS