Premiere: TOGGI – Dancing Alone

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TOGGI channels the indelible spirit of 1980s post-punk on his debut solo single.

Dancing Alone is a quirky celebration of solitude, featuring guitar tones reminiscent of The Cure’s Disintegration album and French coldwave trio Asylum Party.

The Norwegian’s heavily-accented vocals chirpily tell of, in his own words, “what you can do when you are alone”, and the freedom it gives to have nobody around.

Also self-assuredly telling us the track is a “simple masterpiece”, TOGGI adds: “When no-one can see you, you can do whatever you want.”

TOGGI is short for Torgeir Høgheim. Torgeir was previously one-half of Shakanaka, a lo-fi duo he formed with childhood friend Eirik “Egg” Wergeland, himself now riding solo as EGGE.

Shakanaka released two EPs and a number of singles between 2014 to 2017, not quite managing to release a touted album, but nonetheless achieving a degree of national prominence by playing spots at noted industry events including Bergensfest.

Prior to his time with Shakanaka, TOGGI was the vocalist-guitarist of garage rock quartet Berlingo, releasing a full-length, Denne Dansen, in 2013.

His solo turn marks the beginning of a new chapter, marked so far by some live spots, including a recent support slot for PNKSLM’s Les Big Byrd in Bergen.

Dancing Alone is released on digital platforms tomorrow as part of Brilliance Records’ Diamond Club.

Katy Blackwood
Katy Blackwood is the Editor of FEISTY. She's been a self-confessed music geek, stan and encyclopedia since her childhood, loving both new and older sounds alike. Katy started out as a contributor to various magazines before founding FEISTY as an independent, female-led platform for new music.

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