Rocking out with her electric Fender, Norwegian singer Fr0kedal performed a stunning set to an appreciative London crowd on the day before her new album launch. Widely known for her alt-folk slant, Anne Lise Fr0kedal has performed in various guises, as the front woman for Norwegian act Harrys Gym and the Grammy-nominated I Was A King. Her latest project is a solo venture, releasing HOLD ON DREAMER on February 26 – not long after her debut EP release, I SEE YOU.
Performing at The Islington to a gathering of enthusiastic supporters she brought entertainment and escapism to the vivid showcase, with drama and dynamic energy. With the support of her band, Familien (Norwegian for family), they were soon pumping out melodic folk-rock songs with a focus on keys, percussion, and fiddle work.
Fr0kedal manned the guitar, performing classic songs with harmony and lead vocals. As a performer, the petite singer remains at one with the music, floating on the stage with an energetic quality in between chatting with the audience. At one point she quizzed them on their musical knowledge, as her violinist turned toward a more unusual instrument. It was soon revealed to be a Greek Baglamas which created a fascinating sound that worked with her unique folk style.
As she powered through songs off the new album the audience swayed along to the trancelike Cherry Tree and The Man Who Isn’t Here and her new single, Kid. Misery was a sensational, moody track, written about the darkest part Norway on the country’s West Coast. It has a techno-pop vibe that will attract attention from a wide circle of fans.
If you didn’t manage to catch Fr0kedal and Familien on their UK and European tour throughout February and April be sure to have a listen to her latest release. It’s a unique take on stripped-back folk, delivered with a powerful, transporting quality and Norwegian influence. Megan Gnad www.fr0kedal.com