‘Reflection Of Youth’ – The album stands up as one of the most interesting and engaging left-field pop records released in 2017.
Recorded between sessions at a working dairy farm in west Wales, and producer Nick Rayner’s home studio in Cork, Ireland, London based Norwegian artist EERA found herself with debut album ‘Reflection of Youth‘.
The contrast of warm synths against a backdrop of cold and ghostly guitar is part of the reason the opening track of ‘Reflection of Youth‘ had me hooked. The track in question is ‘Living‘. It has a feeling of unease, sorrow and reflection. EERA has described the track as:
“an apology directed to one of my best friends, for a time in my life when I was dealing with a lot of stuff and putting a lot of it on him“
The restless energy of ‘Living‘ builds and builds into a breaking wave of sorrow and personal sadness, where the combination of guitar and electronics speak as much as the words themselves.
Anna Lena Bruland aka EERA, has created her own world within ‘Reflection of Youth‘, the space-age pop of PIXX meets the touching and delicate side of Warpaint, within the soul of PJ Harvey. It feels as though EERA is as comfortable singing on the bold and ambitious marching sound of Interpol-esque ‘Wise Men‘ as she is on the broken down minimalism of ‘Christine‘ or album closer ‘Reflection of Youth‘. The album stands up as one of the most interesting and engaging left-field pop records released this year so far.
By Karl Johnson