The first time Breaking More Waves encountered Aurora things didn’t look good. 5 minutes before she was due to play, the stage was bare. Having heard her lavish electronic pop songs we were expecting keyboards, computers, electronic pads and lots of kit. It looked like it was going to be a no-show.
What happened next took us completely by surprise.
Aurora arrived breathless and clearly a little flustered looking, together with a single guitarist. After the quickest of line checks this young woman, from Bergen, Norway began to sing. It was then, in a weird marquee that was part bar, part seated restaurant, part gig venue, that everything changed; as she performed you could see her concerns about her lateness fading from her body and her whole soul immersing herself in the song. And what a song. It was quite simply stunning.
Anybody who knows us will tell you that being left speechless is not something that happens to us very often, if at all; but Aurora managed to steal every word from us with a set that was so moving, so full of adorable personality, so special, that the words for once had disappeared. It was one of those sets that washed away our 'seen it all before' cynicism of every ‘next big thing’ show that we attend. It made us feel alive and drenched us in love for music. It made every shitty pub gig on a rainy night in November with an audience of 20 people, most of whom couldn't give a shit about who was playing, worthwhile. It made us realise why we love this 'discovery' thing as much as we did when we started. It made us love Aurora.
Today Aurora has released an acoustic version of Murder Song (5,4,3,2,1). Watch it and maybe you’ll see her radiance too.
Aurora - Murder Song (5,4,3,2,1)