Avante Black is the creation of Norway’s Ottilia Kjulsten. Now based in London, she’s been making waves with her singles Drug Money, Make A Mess and Acid Love. She’s made it four winners in a row with the release of her new track Blackbirds, and its Katia Ganfield directed video.
The vocal performance is the first thing that strikes you about Blackbirds: as rich and languid as Lana Del Rey, and as melancholic as the dulcet tones of Susanne Sundfør, it’s like listening to magnolia blossom falling in the edge of a lake on a warm summer’s night. The piano echoes the emotion of the lyrics and vocals, the percussion adding a sense of drama to an otherwise leisurely lullaby. Avante Black is sure to make a big impression in 2018 on the basis of this track alone.