Rikke Normann

FRESH: ‘It’s Complicated’ – Rikke Normann

Norwegian singer Rikke Normann releases a new collection of “It’s Complicated”.

by Christopher Smith

She’s a modern singer-songwriter with a soulful voice and solid pop-backbone. Wearing her heart on her sleeve, Rikke Normann shows vulnerability, uniqueness and has a strong need to speak up through her music. Like Rikke puts it; “sometimes it’s easier to talk about things through songs”.

“A Complicated Collection” is a set of 3 versions of Rikke’s much loved contemporary RnB single “It’s Complicated”. A song about second guessing your choices and trying to hear your own voice and opinions through the noise from everyone else. “It’s complicated knowing how to live your life, knowing how to make out what’s right” The EP starts out with the studio version, also featured on Rikke’s latest album “35” and ends with two quite different live recordings of the song. And when we say live, we mean live!

What separates Rikke from many other artists today is a raw, unpolished, then-and-there feeling. When you listen to her music, hear her sing, or see her live, it’s all real. No tracks, no tuning, no bullshit – just great songs by a fierce singer, guaranteed to move you in more than one way. There’s a genuine vulnerability in Rikke’s voice which is rare in music today, and together with strong melodies and personal lyrics, this is what makes up Norway’s best kept musical secret!

It all aligns when you see her on stage where she truly belongs. Believing a great song needs no wrapping, her genuine mentality towards songwriting is reflected in her live set, making it very flexible and elastic. Rikke can perform her songs solo on piano, as they were written, with keyboards and a drum machine, or even a full band. Either way, she’s guaranteed to give you goosebumps and blow you away with beautiful songs and a unique voice and personality.

For more about Rikke, check out her official FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

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!
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