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SKIA
SKIA

Norwegian innovator SKIA has Scandipop on an IV drip, medicating the sound with sick beats, glacial synths, and melodic nutrients. With a future-bop vision, Annie Norbye reinterprets the acoustic foundation of songs like an electro architect to arrive at an exhilarating juxtaposition: elemental alt-pop that bumps.

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Produced at Liverpool’s Cabin Studios by fellow Norwegian Emilie Krogh, debut EP ‘Apricot’ is bold DIY pop perfection. Inspiration lands like snowflakes; fragile and unique. Audio transience, often informed by just a single sound. Give her the smallest of sonic fingerprints and SKIA is able to cut her own path through the whiteout of homogenous chart noise.

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Sporting glitter war paint and equipped with fjord-beat bangers, SKIA bonds the void between kickdrum and snare across a landscape of tilting synthwave peaks and bubbling electronica valleys. Alongside manager and bassist, Nina Himmelreich (and a five-piece backing band) the live show is like a Pride highlights reel. A randomizer of festival make-up, sequined costumery, cute props, stage decorations and instruments adored in sparkle. File under #ifkyk.

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‘Anyone’ is an anthem of autonomy. An iceberg of self-government floating in a sea of compliance. “My home is my body and I won’t let anyone take that away from me” bites SKIA in the chorus, highlighting identity as a state of permanent residence to be nurtured “I’m grown and I’m steady, working my way ahead, I was born ready”.  SKIA is invincible royalty. Bad-ass empowerment on a glitter-bomb dancefloor.

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The sovereignty of self is a theme that knits its way through ‘Apricot’ like a map for the lost. ‘Selfish’ explores how feels spill outside of the lines following a parting of ways and why it’s okay to call someone out on their linear bullshit: “Cause baby you’re a little bit selfish, ‘surely you can do what you want’, but I think you’re a little bit selfish not considering me at all.”

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The melt-in-the-mouth ‘Not Anymore’ is an electro-hymn about resurfacing after a period of anxiety. Breaking the water’s surface to breathe again. “I think I started to trust all the doubts in my head” SKIA laments. “My head feels dark, my body too, because I forgot what I meant.” Until the patronus of a chorus glides in with its resiliently gentle refrain of “But I don’t anymore.”  Self-preservation as ASMR.

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‘IDWTAI’ examines the trespassing of time, specifically history’s habit of drunkenly stumbling into the present: “I have left most of my feels in the past, put the rest in an oversized bag, that I take with me wherever I go, what it contains, I bet you’d like to know. teases SKIA in a contrasting mixture of strength, vulnerability and confidentiality. Owning one’s feelings, body and liberty is a core theme. Undermining ownership by overthinking is another: “I don’t want to talk about it, I don’t think you know how bad it’s tripping me out.” However, even in this paralysis of analysis, SKIA exercises self-protection, aware that nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts.

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