First-Listen: Blackroom "Control"

 ></p> <p>After introducing us to a fresh new sound earlier this year with the global release of their new single

After releasing their single ""What Is It That You Want" in digital download stores around the world earlier this year, Norwegian pop trio Blackroom now serves up "Control." It's another finely cut synth-pop gem that is taken from their forthcoming new album that will be released after the summer (and which is very, very good).

Pop aficionados among you may remember Blackroom as Lorraine who had success with tracks like "Italian Girlfriend" and "Return To The World" a few year back. The release of "What Is It That You Want" marked the band's first release since putting out their LP "Pop Noir" in Japan in 2009. But now they're back, more focused and driven than ever before.

"Control" stays true to the group's distinct brand of gleaming, atmospheric synth pop that is driven by vivid melodies, and Ole's intense and emotive delivery that neatly balances the group's stark sonics. The song's moody production stylings are a direct reflection of the song's lyrics that pack a bigger cosmic belief.

Singer Ole writes me, "'Control' is about getting involved with someone your not sure of. Not knowing their intentions with you, but convincing yourself that you’re in control, and that your on top," Ole writes me.

"But at the same time, it can be about the bigger things in life - how we all clean our gardens and cut our hair the right way, and create an illusion of what we call control, but in the end we are controlled by a bigger scheme that we are not aware of," he adds. 

May 18, 2011 in Blackroom | Permalink

Watch New Blackroom Video "What Is It That You Want"

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Earlier this month, I exclusively premiered the brand-new Blackroom single, titled "What Is That You Want," that is available on iTunes worldwide now. "What Is It That You Want" stays true to Blackroom's atmospheric brand of pop but introduces clubbier production stylings. Powerful and promising new music that comes with a fresh new twist on their signature sound. The Norwegian trio just unleashed the flashing, flaring and flickering video for the track that neatly matches the moody qualities of the song. Watch it after the break.

March 24, 2011 in Blackroom | Permalink

Listen to New Blackroom "What Is It That You Want"

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Norwegian synth pop duo Blackroom is plotting their long-awaited return to the pop scene with some brand-new music. After getting a taste of international success as Lorraine with tracks like "Italian Girlfriend" and "Return To The World," the group will be releasing their brand-new single "What Is It That You Want" on March 22 in iTunes stores worldwide. This new single marks the band's first release since putting out their LP "Pop Noir" in Japan in 2009.

Blackroom's music is best described as atmospheric synth pop featuring vivid pop melodies with a subtle rock edge that create a sweeping sonic soundscape. The new "What Is It That You Want" stays true to their brand of pop but introduces clubbier production stylings. Powerful and promising new music that comes with a fresh new twist on their signature sound.

Lyrically, the group still likes to capture big emotions with larger than life lyrics. Take for example the sci-fi-styled storytelling on this new single, "Who am I gonna follow when the Oceans split? Who am I gonna stand with when the planets hit? Come down from all your normalness and teleport to happiness."

Keyboard player Pal Myran-Haland writes me, "We wrote the song last summer just as we went on the road for some festival-gigging in Norway. We decided to try it out at the first gig, which was in the far North of Norway and it went down really well. So it became sort of a live favorite on that tour and it really sums up the vibe of our shows. I think that "What Is It That You Want' really shows the direction the band is heading musically."

March 9, 2011 in Blackroom | Permalink

Listen to Brand-New Blackroom "XTC"

Promising Norwegian pop trio Blackroom has been dilligently writing and recording new material for a future new album as an indie outfit after splitting from Columbia Records last year. After changing their name from Loraine to Blackroom, the group of Ole Gunnar Gundersen (vocals), Anders Winsents (guitar) and Pal Myran Haaland (keyboards, programming) have not strayed too far from the stark, atmospheric electronica that marked the sound on their first album.

Several new tracks have surfaced over the last few months that give us a taste of what they been up to. The latest track the trio has unveiled is titled "XTC" and was produced by fellow Norwegian Ralph Myerz. It is a beautifully-crafted mid-tempo pop tune that is dominated by a rowling guitar riff, subtle synth flourishes and Gunnar Gundersen's glacial vocals. Highly recommended. Listen to it after the break. 

November 12, 2010 in Blackroom | Permalink

Blackroom Unveils New Tracks

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Norwegian pop trio Blackroom has unveiled some much-anticipated new tracks this week that will surely satisfy the synth-pop purists among you. Hailing from Bergen, Norway, Blackroom (formerly called Lorraine) is the teaming of Ole Gunnar Gundersen (vocals), Anders Winsents (guitar) and Pal Myran Haaland (keyboards, programming). The treesome first hit the European music scene in 2003 with songs like "Perfect Cure" and "Echoes," followed by "Italian Girlfriend" and "Transatlantic Flight." After parting ways with Columbia Records, they are now independently recording and releasing their music.

The group's new tracks "Control" (listen below) and "Ecstasy" further strengthen Blackroom's brand of pop that is dominated by vivid melodies and grand, well-constructed soundscapes that at times is reminiscent of Depeche Mode, a-ha, Pet Shop Boys and New Order. Particularly compelling about these new tracks is Ole's intense and emotive delivery that neatly balances the songs' stark production stylings

Singer Ole Gunnar Gunderson writes me more about the feeling of jealousy and possessiveness that inspired "Control," "[The song] is about being fascinated with another person, wanting them, but not knowing their intentions with you. You convince yourself that your in control but knowing deep inside someone else is pulling your strings annd the feeling that comes along with that." Look out for more Blackroom music very soon.

August 10, 2010 in Blackroom | Permalink