The role of an artist is turning pain into beauty, then to create something so beautiful it hurts. Askjell, the Norwegian contemporary classical and electronic artist, and Bergen’s biggest pop producer, today releases his debut album everything will be ok, which does just that. As complex as his music is surreal and emotive, Askjell spent years locked in a studio teaching himself piano and production, before breaking out as one of Norway’s most critically regarded pop and rap producers (Sigrid, Aurora, Arif, Kjartan Lauritzen). His solo project is a lucid dream of fantasy soundscapes, with a “touch of video games”, and explores themes drenched in philosophy, politics, romance, love, and the small power of crying.
"I want this album to be a sonic catharsis, a long-needed purification and gateway drug to hard nihilism, dream shattering but also the first tool you pick up to rebuild everything better than you first envisioned it. I hope people will recognize how I've tried to celebrate all facets of the human experience. From nerdy tracks that just channel the innate playfulness and childhood fantasy we carry around, but most of us lose along the way, to the bottomless tragedy of a little girl dying of cancer, and how art can let our stories linger long after we're gone. Our natural curiosity, that when properly distilled, becomes the field of philosophy, and just going out clubbing with friends and doing stupid shit because no matter how rational we think we are, we're still just Really Dangerous Monkeys With Expensive Future Tech.”
“This album is me overcoming the ingrained toxic masculine urge to not share my emotions, it's me lending my voice to tell other people's stories that otherwise wouldn't have been heard. Even though the times we find ourselves in are not very kind to slow instrumental music, maybe it will wake up something in someone out there. Motivate them to give life another try. Get them to shed their skin and move on. Give someone the tiny little voice they can't find themselves, that says “everything will be ok.” - Askjell