Photo by Tonje Thilesen.


That’s a good way to describe the first ever video from Los Angeles-based Oslo native Pieces of Juno. It’s also a decent description of the song itself, ‘Saffron’, taken from the producer’s first release Do You Know Who You Are?. If this track is anything to go by, Kine Sandbæk Jensen might now be based on the west coast of the US but her heart still lies in Norway.

‘Saffron’ is organic dance music pitched somewhere near Kieran Hedben’s Fridge project, mixing natural found-sounds with electronics to create Balearic beauty that bears endless repetition. A gossamer-light start gives way to rumbling synth bass and looped wordless female vocals halfway through but it’s the addictive string lines and watery sunshine feel that keeps you coming back for more.

With a video – consisting of gorgeous shots of Norwegian coastline and interiors, and two tracksuit-clad women – directed by Kristine Meling Enoksen that you’d watch again and again as it’s so perfectly suited to this track, there’s literally nothing here not to love. As a debut calling card, it’s frighteningly brilliant.



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