Chatterbox: Baula

Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.

We are Baula, an Icelandic/Swedish alternative-pop duo based in Gothenburg, Sweden and composed of Ísak Ásgeirsson and Karolina Thunberg. We formed the band in 2015 before Iceland Airwaves and proceeded to play 11 off-venue gigs during the festival week. Since then we have released three singles: ‘Don’t Bother’, ‘Just Like Yesterday’ and most recently ‘Nova’. Ever since we began we have been heavily influenced by the genius of The Raveonettes and Man Man. Despite being a duo we are always accompanied by two more musicians during live performances.

Where did the new single come from?

‘Nova’ is an old song that we originally wrote a couple of years ago and which has since then taken many different forms as we have continually changed the arrangements and lyrics. Some months back we began working with our current producer Henryk Lipp (Anna Von Hausswolff, Graveyard, Millencolin) and together with him we finally framed the song. The lyrics tackle loneliness and the feeling of being a shapeshifter, a stranger to yourself. 

Is there more content in the pipeline?

Next spring we will release our debut EP. We’ve already written the songs but before we record them we’d like to polish them a bit more. Most likely we will also be releasing a music video in  conjunction with the EP.

What’s on the horizon for you?

Right now we are just breathing out after a busy week in Berlin where we performed at Urban Spree. It was a showcase event for up and coming bands from Sweden titled Die Neuen Schweden and was arranged by Nordic By Nature as well Swedish non-profit organisation Sensus. After the breather we’ll start working on the aforementioned EP and perhaps appear at a stray gig in Sweden this autumn.


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