Danish dark pop act, Sherpa, impress with debut single ‘Fornever’, due for release through the indie label MiniMe Records. Beginning with soul-shaking drums and the tender lead vocals of Carsten Eliasen’s, the track’s kaleidoscopic layering is both stylistically forward thinking and nostalgic. Overflowing at its finale to a contemplative, pulsating, synth-driven outro, the duo introduce their unique method of creating a musical space to dictate an emotional uprooting for the listener. Describing the artistic vision of the word ‘Fornever’, Eliasen comments, “The lyrics reflect on those moments that, seem like they could last forever, but with a blink of an eye they disappear. Maybe they become distant memories, maybe you doubt if they ever happened – they become fornever moments. We want people to remember and appreciate those moments.”
‘Fornever’ acts as a gateway into the life-force of Sherpa who use their platform as a vehicle towards expressing ‘unspoken emotions’ – those feelings of self-torment that individuals bury deep within. The band name derives from Carsten’s Nepalese heritage – the sherpas live in the Himalayas, guiding travelers on their dangerous quest to the peak of the mountains. Mirrored in Sherpa’s essence as artists, their desire to “take people to the places where they feel the insecurity” is a musical voyage that is as cathartic as it is draining at times.
The project began when the two minds of Eliasen and Tore Nissen met in 2016 and decided to experiment with just a microphone and piano in a live studio. Both heralding from strong musical awakenings in their formative years, it’s no surprise the result was the revolutionary brainchild we see before us. Sherpa soon garnered national recognition as well as winning the Karrierekanonen-competition from Denmark’s P3 and P6 following their performance at the second biggest Danish festival, Smukfest, over the summer. A changeable and dynamic entity, Sherpa are pushing the boundaries of genre, and similarly dissecting what it means to feel in this complex day and age.
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