Norwegian producer and composer Niilas (moniker of Peder Niilas Tårnesvik) returns with an exciting smorgasbord of organic house, River Of Noise. Released on November 3rd, 2023, Niilas’ fourth LP has already excited ears around the world, with its first two singles receiving extensive support from Stereogum and VICE. The tracks have also gained significant airplay from both NPR Music and BBC Radio 1. His debut album Also This Will Change earned him a Norwegian Grammy Award and despite starting at such a high point, Niilas isn’t slowing down. Niilas is known for his passionately dynamic live performances – previously headlining Munch-museum, appearing on the same bill as Gorillaz at Øyafestivalen 2022, and warming up Spot Festival 2023 for notable beatmakers Caribou and Todd Terje.
While Niilas is no stranger to effortlessly cooking up intoxicatingly slick beats, River of Noise builds on his tantalizing fundamentals; adding folk instrumentation and spiritually invigorating melodies to the mix. Paying homage to his indigenous Sámi heritage and Arctic aesthetics, Niilas has combined a rich holistic atmosphere with electronic rhythms. On the featured single, ‘Oshea’, he is joined by Iranian musician and composer, Misraeed Hoseeiny Panah’s seductive ‘santur’ (a stringed Persian instrument played with mallets). As the first few opening tracks drift idly in along sparkling arpeggiators and decadent strings, pounding drum beats and infectious bass lines send the listener into outer space. The 11-track release takes its time to chew through the tension, gradually building the listener up for the heavier club hits to come. Organically smooth bounces effortlessly merge with shimmering, silken pads. Throughout the entire LP, the santur hums over fluid club beats, flirts with acid claps, and dares the listener stay still.
Nillas had this to say about his release: “I tried making an organic house track with the brilliant musician Mirsaeeds Hosseiny Panah. He is a great performer on the Persian instrument Santur, so our session was really amazing (and I have some backup material that might see the light of day in the future…). Blending the fields between organic, acoustic, digital, synthesized, and manipulated was key for this track, and I’m very happy [with] how it turned out”.