A different kind of human
Aurora’s music is perhaps best described as a love letter to the Earth. Disarmingly honest, it imagines a future where we are all connected.
Empathic and sensitive, yet powerful, Aurora is a different kind of human, and definitely a different kind of musician. With her haunting and truthful vocals, layered over spectral instumentals, her catalogue of music has confidently made hits out of songs that are not conventionally commercial. From her debut EP Running With the Wolves, to her albums All my Demons Greeting Me as a Friend and Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1), Aurora has established herself as talented and wise beyond her years. Now she is getting ready to release her fourth album, A Different Kind of Human (Step 2), and planting a seed of hope.
SARAH OSEI When did you start making music?
AURORA I started making music when i was 6 years old, and it started turning into real songs when I was 9. It was just a natural thing for me. I had the most fun when i wrote music.
SO How did you go from living in Os, a little town in Norway, to being one of Norway’s biggest musical exports?
A I have no idea. It was never a childhood dream, so I don’t really remember so well how it all came to be! I feel like it just happened, and I just accepted it. Now I enjoy it, because my words have power, and I like that.
SO Is there a particular smell that reminds you of home?
A I love the smell of wet asphalt and wet grass. Cinnamon and lavender also remind me a lot of my mother and my sisters.
SO You recently moved from your hometown to the city, is it harder to be creative in the city?
A I find it easy to be creative anywhere! It’s not really connected to places with me, it’s more connected to a place that lies within me wherever I am.
SO Your music always carries an incredibly powerful social message. Why is it important for you to create music that serves a greater purpose?
“Within all of us there is so much power”
A I feel like this life is such a strange thing, all things are just temporary. And in the long time that we people have existed it feels nice that during the little second I was on the earth I did something that meant something. That makes me feel safe, almost like I can never truly die, because music with purpose latches onto us in a different way than most music. It stays.
SO Do you think about the listener when you make music?
A I think about people sometimes when I make music. Like ‘What does the world need in music?’, ‘What sorrow could i comfort?’ But now I’m in a state of being, where I write a lot about what angers me, and what pleases me, what questions no one answers, and what problems lie in front of our noses yet most of us don’t really see. So it’s like a very nice emotional way to speak to the world, so we can all join forces and kick ass.
SO What can you tell us about your album A Different Kind of Human?
A It’s very big, in meaning and in its mission. I have big hopes for what it might do to at least one listener on this planet. I want it to inspire and to intrigue. There is so much hidden in it, and I’m excited for the people to dive into it, and absorb all of it.
SO So this album is a continuation of last year’s Infections of a Different Kind. Can you tell us about the progression from that album to this one?
A Both Step I and Step II are part of a long process, they are two different parts of a process I want people to go through while listening to it. Neither of them is the beginning or the end, just two very important steps of the whole process. It’s all just become a bit bigger. rather than only you, and me, it’s all of us. It’s political, it’s emotional, it’s about change and preservation. It’s about everything, and also nothing. It’s hard to explain like this, with black writing on white paper. but you will all find your own meaning in it, and in no way could your meaning ever be wrong.
“Hope is contagious, and i think it’s time to let ourselves be infected.”
SO Is there a track on the album that is particularly close to you?
A Track 8 throughout my career is always the most important track.
SO Your song ‘The Seed’ is dedicated to our planet and talks about climate change. A lot of us really want things to change, at the same time we keep polluting the Earth we love. How should we address this hypocrisy?
A I think it’s time to really put those small luxuries aside, and find some nice aspects in life which actually do something to help. There is so much you could do do help because within all of us there is so much power. I would recommend everyone to watch “Our Planet” (on Netflix), it’s a very gentle way of just showing the beauty this world offers us, and telling us to do what is right, not in a blaming or negative way. And that is the way to inspire people, i think.
SO Is it important to have hope all the time?
A I think it is. Hope is like a flame, that even when it’s not there, there is always a way to make it appear again. It’s wild, and uncontrollable, and it could move across the whole world with the speed of light, if we just have the right source of inspiration. Hope is contagious, and i think it’s time to let ourselves be infected.
Aurora’s album A Different Kind of Human is out on 7th June. You can pre-order it here.
Interview SARAH OSEI
Photography MORGAN HILL-MURPHY