Farao had one of our favorite albums of 2015, so when we saw she’d collaborated with fellow Scandinavian artist Jaakko Eino Kalevi on a Popcaan cover we couldn’t help but pay attention. If you’re not familiar with Popcaan, you’ve probably at least heard him on his contribution to Jamie XX‘s 2015 smash album In Colour. In any case, it’s a cute story how the collab and cover of Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan came together. Kalevi explains: “I got obsessed with ‘Everything Nice’ about a year ago in Iceland when I met Kari [Farao]. She was singing it all the time and soon I was singing it too, even without hearing the actual song. It became my power song.”
Sprinkling some tropical disco vibes on the original, Kalevi and Farao turn the more subdued Popcaan track into a bright pop banger. Get into this nice lil’ ditty below.
Just when you start to think you’re becoming aurally jaded, a Scandi indie-folk goddess emerges out of the ether to restore your faith in the new music scene. Such is the case with Kari Jahnsen, the London-based Norwegian singer-songwriter known as Farao. She just released her new single “Bodies,” which will be featured on her forthcoming debut LP Till It’s All Forgotten — out on September 11 via Full Time Hobby. The album, on which Jahsen composed and performed nearly all the instruments was produced by Mike Lindsay (of English group Tunng) and mixed by Grammy award-winning producer Andrew Scheps (Hozier, Lana Del Ray). The beauty of “Bodies” is that it unwinds in an unexpected fashion, expanding in all different directions all the while retaining its bedazzling and melodic musical core.
Farao’s first US tour kicks off in NYC this fall and concludes in LA. Full dates below — but DC brethren can catch the chanteuse at DC9 September 23.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
9/10 – Sebright Arms – London, UK
9/17 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, USA
9/22 – Smiling Buddha – Toronto, CA
9/23 – DC9 – Washington DC, USA
9/24 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, USA
9/26 – Music Hall Loft – Portsmouth, USA
9/29 – Hotel Café – Los Angeles, USA