Norwegian producer and composer Niilas (Peder Niilas Tårnesvik) has unveiled another single, ‘Oshea’, on October 20th 2023. This is the second track off his upcoming fourth album River Of Noise, set for release on the 3rd of November 2023. His award-winning music has received widespread acclaim, earning airtime on BBC Radio 1, obtaining recognition and praise from the likes of VICE, Stereogum, Magnetic Magazine and ElectronicGroove. and accumulated over 1 million plays across all platforms. He is known for his energetic live performances – he headlined at Munch-museum, appeared at Øyafestivalen 2022 which featured Gorillaz, and performed at Spot Festival 2023 before notable artists Caribou and Todd Terje. Niilas pays homage to his indigenous Sámi heritage and Arctic aesthetics in his music, which combines folk instruments with electronic textures from a variety of genres.
‘Oshea’ is a potent organic house track that is further testimony to Niilas’ prowess as a producer. It begins with a glittering passage from the santur (an Iranian stringed instrument played with mallets) performed by seasoned Iranian musician and composer Misraeed Hosseiny Panah. Just as you begin settling into the mesmerizing melody, a house beat and heavy bass launch the listener into a different dimension. A brooding synth progression slowly builds tension as more textures are added in layers, while the santur continues its hypnotizing dance over the rest of the music. The beat recedes and returns with more intensity, and the track ends as it began, with the solo santur dissolving in an eddy of delay.
Nillas commented: “I tried making an organic house track with the brilliant musician Mirsaeeds Hosseiny Panah. He is a great performer on the Persian instrument Santur, so our session was really amazing (and I have some backup material that might see the light of day in the future…). Blending the fields between organic, acoustic, digital, synthesized and manipulated was key for this track, and I’m very happy how it turned out”.