For today’s Track of the Day I’ve picked out a forgotten gem from the vast archives of Diamond Club, a singles series that highlights new music from Scandinavia.
Run by Norway’s Brilliance Records, Diamond Club has featured 109 singles since 2012, including music by Fiordmoss, Misty Coast, Thea Stapnes and Sløtface (back when they were known as Slutface).
All of those names are fairly well-known to followers of the Nordic scene, but within the back catalogue of Diamond Club there’s many, many more releases from artists that didn’t quite endure, immortalised only by their place in the series’ lineage.
A great example of this is THEIR, a now-disbanded Oslo trio featured in 2014.
The single, The Door of the Unknown, is spellbinding lush pop. The wondrous vocals fill the room, sprinkled with electronic sounds and gentle instrumentation. It all concludes with a closing section that bursts into a sudden, breathtaking crescendo.
The Door of the Unknown was barely picked up at the time, and THEIR didn’t last much longer: One more single, All The Rules We Made Up, followed in 2015 before a low-key parting of ways.
There is, however, a happy ending to THEIR’s brief story, as Helene Svaland Johansen, Anders Søvik Hjelden and John-Halvdan Halvorsen all stayed in music, performing with bands that have all achieved a higher degree of success.