FRESH: ‘Easy’ – Subshine

Norwegian writer and performer Subshine breathes his new single “Easy”.

by Christopher Smith

Songwriting is walking. Walking, often for hours in the stunning Norwegian landscape, Ole Gunnar Gundersen crafts his Neo-Synthpop without even picking up an instrument. Then put him in a room with 80’s era synthesizers and his unique pop sensibilities do the rest.

“Easy” is a refreshing up-beat pop song, with a tiny touch of War On Drugs and White Lies, soaring in a 80’s synth-landscape. Subshine is Ole’s new bandproject. He’s the former singer and songwriter in Lorraine (a major Sony BMG UK signing) He’s one of the best songwriters we’ve got in Scandinavia at the moment.

“Easy” is Subshine’s second release from his upcoming album “Easy Window” – released on April 26th. It follows “Your Love”, a song about love, stripped for illusions and perfection. Where things are broken and everything feels right. When Ole fronted Lorraine they were bestowed with a BT Music award (Channel 4) Best electronic act in 2006. They did in total over 500 gigs, and also toured with Pet Shop Boys.

Following the break up of the band, Ole formed Subshine and released his self-titled debut single in 2013 and followed this with an EP of 6 tracks later that year. Both “Your Love” and the track “Florence” were released last year and will feature on the album “Easy Window”.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!