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Mona & Maria - My sun | FESTIVALPHOTO

Mona & Maria - My sun



Mona & Maria are a Norwegian duo who have written songs together for many years, both being members of the band Bazooka Boppers, with which they released two albums. After the band’s break-up in 2010, Mona and Maria continued playing together, and it worked out so well that they decided to move forward as a duo.

The music is quite hard to categorise. It's certainly got a pop element to it, but equally there are definite folk influences too, and so calling it pop would be misleading. I'd compare it to Enya or Julee Cruise in that it has that similar blend of pop and other sounds, but Mona and Maria have more of an acoustic feel to much of the album.

One thing that is clear is that this is a fantastic album. Beautiful vocals, great harmonies and excellent songs make this album incredibly easy to listen to. Definitely well worth a listen.

Track listing:

1. My sun
2. Northern wind
3. Silent summer
4. Venus
5. Babyflowers
6. Let the light
7. Runaways
8. Golden mind
9. Healing song
10. Shivers in the blue

Mona & Marie are Mona Andersen and Maria Knudsen. Also participating on the album are a whole host of Norwegian musicians:

Martin Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist, The National Bank, Jonas Alaska) - percussion
David Wallumrød (Jonas Alaska, Bjørn Eidsvåg med flere) - keys
Eivind Staxrud (Raga Rockers) - guitars
Olaf Olsen (Big Bang) - drums
Knut Schreiner (Turboneger, Mirror Lakes, Kåre & The Cavemen) – guest guitar
Marcus Bror Forsgren (Lionheart Brothers) – guest guitar
Kaja Fjellberg Pettersen (Karpe Diem, Jens Carelius, Siri Nilsen) - cello
Bendik Brænne (Dum Dum Boys, Los Plantronics) – saxophone and flute
Henning Sansdalen (Le Corbeau, Hanne Hukkelberg) - bass
Hans Friis (Dum Dum Boys, Los Plantronics) - trombone
Members of KORK also participate on strings and bassoon

Writer: Anthony May
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