Norwegian artist Natalie Sandtorv recently released Heart Echoes, her debut album as Neon Ion. We’ve hardly stopped playing the record, it’s full of dreamy club pop bangers that make us want to get outside and dance. Stick on ‘Neon Dreams’ and ‘Berlin Nights’  to recall the nights on dancefloors across Europe and the US it was written about. Then relax to the more sensual, laid-back moments like most recent single ‘Bring It Back’. All in all it’s some of the best Nordic pop we’ve heard in ages.

 

We caught up with Natalie recently to find out more about her and Neon Ion.

Three words to describe my music…
Atmospheric, energetic, and warm.

Last photo on your phone…
A photo of me in the “bunad”, a traditional folk costume from Norway, because yesterday was my countries constitution day! And even tho its a pandemic going on, and the fact that it weighs a lot, is very warm (100% heavy wool), I still put it on for my own amusement. So of course it deserved a picture!

Favourite instagram account…
I have 2 faves. @shabakahutchings and @littledragonflics. Both musicians profiles. Little Dragon is a lovely fusion of artsyness, fashion, music, and Shabaka is always posting amazing vids of himself playing the sax or flutes, and from his different bands on tour. It sparks my travel lust for sure!

The best venue I’ve played…
Ive been fortunite to play alot of amazing places. I could fill a couple of pages. But maybe it would be Süd Tirol Jazz Festival, at a crazy fancy hotel up in the Alps, called Bad Schoergau. We played in a wooden space, and the architect himself came to the show. The audience were shipped from Bolzano, it was sold out, the warmest energy, and we never wanted it to end. After the gig the owner of the hotel was so excited he treated us to the most terrific wines and foods from his michelin restaurant.

Earliest song you remember…
Bæ Bæ Lille Lam! My mom would sing for me every night as a kid, and she had a “playlist” with around 5 songs where this was one of them. Couldn’t get enough.

The worst job I’ve ever had…
Shrug… I had a job in a toyshop for about 2 weeks at the age of 19. I hated it so much! The people who worked there including the boss were true drama queens, and so I got out of there asap. I spent the money I made on a plane ticket to Manchester… I had a blast, and it became my first crush on Britain!

The thing I love to cook is…
I love to make a buffet of treats to create tasty salad bowls. But on Sundays I love to cook my grandmothers pollock recipe. Reminiscent of fish chowder, only waaay better!

My Favourite word…
Travel! And I miss it so much…

A book I love…
I red Randi Hultins – Born Under The Sign Of Jazz around the age of 20, and it has been a pillar in my life ever since. It’s a doc about this amazing journalist who was married to a jazz pianist in Oslo. They would have jam sessions at their house whenever the big jazz stars came to town. Chet Baker, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and so many others went to her house to play, party and do interviews. There is a CD attached to the book with recordings of it all. The real magic part of this, is that I now live a street away from this house in Oslo, and I feel like I’m living this book in my house from the 50s, and jazz parties!

Heart Echoes is out now on Jazzland Recordings