Asplund aka Ken Robin Asplund Husoy is a Norwegian artist/producer currently based in Brisbane, Australia who recently released his first EP entitled Where We Begin. The EP contains three-songs which all revolve around piano and warm, airy synths. Only two of the tracks contain vocals. The first track entitled “Satellites” has the most overt new age vibe. It’s the piano that is at the center of the music, which is accompanied by distant synths, oscillating sine waves and a slick drum beat. It has a relaxed, chill vibe and even when the song picks up the energy never feels intense or aggressive.
On “Control” Husoy gives us a taste of his vocals and I can say it complimented it quite well. The music again is very serene and tranquil. Husoy sings in a similar way that reminded me a little bit of James Blake. That being said Husoy seems more stoic when he sings, “Between these walls I stand with hope and rusty wings, spaced out. / Take control when my sight is lost / from staring at the cause that leads me wrong.” “Control” is a solid song but I also wondered where else Husoy could have gone with it.
He closes with “Golden” which not only is the most experimental but veers more towards soul and R&B than new age. He cut up his vocals here and also pulls off the catchiest melodies on the EP. There aren't many words in this song. In fact he repeats the mantra “Day and night / Morning light / Is golden / Is golden.”
It’s obvious that Husoy has some talent but Where We Begin certainly feels like an appetizer. Not only because there is around ten minutes of material here but also because Husoy implements many changes in the songs themselves.
The changes felt subtle at best and reinforced the initial idea. I think perhaps some more dynamics and a couple more transitions might make the songs feel a bit more fleshed out. I’m not too worried about Husoy. The songs are enjoyable. I just want him to not hold back and flesh out some of his future songs.
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