Off Festival


The title of this Norwegian singer’s 2016 debut album, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, speaks volumes about her music. On the one hand, there’s her crystal-clear voice and catchy tunes, and on the other — a certain coldness and anxiety lurking below the surface. Scandinavia is the only place where they sing songs that are at once this dark and charming. Aurora Aksnes started making music at the tender age of six and had a record deal with Decca by the time she was a teenager. She went on to enjoy one success after another, releasing a critically-acclaimed single and album, going on tour and performing at the world’s leading music festivals. She broke the loop early this year, holing up in a forest in France to complete her follow-up album.