Jarle Skavhellen (NO)
Folk singer-songwriter Jarle Skavhellen is heavily influenced by the old-timey guitar stylings of American icons Chet Atkins and Dave Van Ronk despite having lived in Bergen, Norway his whole life, blending the warm vintage sounds of yesteryear with his own distinctive mumblings over acoustic guitars. Growing up in the small, lush town with a family of artists and musicians, he got his start early when he was taught how to play at a young age by iconic Norwegian guitarist, Mads Eriksen. His father’s love for vinyl of all genres and his uncle’s ever-expanding guitar collection enabled Jarle’s passion for music to grow. After topping the Spotify Viral Hits Charts both Globally & in the U.S. for his first single “The Ghost In Your Smile” in December 2016, Jarle was found and signed to Nettwerk Records. He quickly garnered fans from the likes of Hilly Dilly, Indie Shuffle, Gold Flake Paint and The Nordic Music Review with only two songs out, and in May 2018 released his debut album to critical acclaim.
“Echoing artists like Sufjan Stevens and José Gonzalez during their earlier days, the young man from Bergen prefers to stick to the acoustic folk sounds of the genre’s history. It results in melancholic little acoustic gems.” – Nothing But Hope and Passion
“A truly timeless songwriter, his acoustic style is rooted in the past but firmly looks to the present.” – Clash
Freyr Flodgren (SWE/ICE)
Folk singer-songwriter Freyr Flodgren grew up in Umeå playing in many bands throughout his youth - everything from Hip-hop to Metal. Although when he decided to make music on his own he fell back onto his classical roots having played the flute since he was a child. He was never particularly inspired by the academic ways of playing an instrument, instead he preferred music coming straight from the gut – Mark Knopfler, Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Steven Wilson - are some of the musicians Freyr believes did just that. Most of his upbringing took place in Umeå, a peculiar place in northern Sweden with few inhabitants scattered over lots of space. It is obvious that the calm that can be found in the 2018 release ‘Over my Head’ inherits from this peaceful environment in the midnight sun.
“'Over My Head' is a beautifully constructed track which has a charming melody, soft listenable vocals and well thought out lyrics. He writes his music in an understated style that sounds so effortless, even though I know it clearly isn't, and there is a warmth too that he conveys in his music that I like - there's no point in me trying to explain it any further, just take a listen for yourself” – Nordic Music Review