Karpe Diem

Fresh from being awarded a Spellemann Prize for their video for ‘Hvite menn som pusher 50’ (White men pushing 50), Norway’s Karpe Diem release a striking new clip…

For the video to accompany their track ‘Hus/hotell/slott brenner’ (‘Houses/hotels/castles are burning’), the chart-topping duo have teamed up with one of Norway’s most acclaimed photographers and music video directors (and also a previous Nordic Playlist curatorStian Andersen, whose award winning work has seen him create incredible visuals for the likes of Robyn & Röyksopp, Sondre Lerche, Susanne Sundfør, A-Ha and many more. In his latest work, Andersen works with Karpe Diem to produced a clip that brings forth a darker and deeper side of the duo that we’ve ever seen before.

The black and white, minimalistic tone of the video emphasises the song’s lyrics, which speak from the perspective of ‘role models’, while referring to matters around youth culture and social differences in Norway. The incredibly powerful imagery throughout the video builds up to surround the song’s main line, which translates as ‘the sun shines in to the large castles that no one lives in’. Repeated over and over again, and set against such a striking visual backdrop, the songs lyrics and the video serve to highlight social issues and deliver an important message, in a way only Karpe Diem can.