Norwegian producer and composer Niilas (Peder Niilas Tårnesvik) released his latest 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. 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. His music has been accumulating 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.
‘Oshea’ is an intoxicating organic house track that showcases Niilas’ prowess as a producer. It begins with a passage from the santur (an Iranian stringed instrument played with mallets) that sparkles and shimmers, performed by Iranian musician and composer Misraeed Hosseiny Panah. Before long, a driving house beat and hefty bass kicks in, and the listener is transported to another world. The track delivers a slow-burn build in tension with a brooding synth chord progression that thickens as layers of textures are added, over which the santur continues to soar. The beat recedes and returns with more intensity, and then the track ends as it began, with the solo santur that ebbs away in a flurry of reverb and delay.
“I tried making an organic house track with the brilliant musician Mirsaeeds Hosseiny Panah,” Niilas divulged. “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”.