Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Margo Price, Kacey Musgraves, and Courtney Marie Andrews are often mentioned as artists who are reclaiming country music, bringing the genre back to the days of Cash, Williams, and Lynn. Across the Atlantic, another young and gifted singer-songwriter is doing her part to rekindle country music’s magic.
For years, Unnveig Aas has dabbled in country, folk, and country-folk music. Her style and gifted storytelling is akin to Gillian Welch and Tift Merritt, but it is only in the past year where people have started to take notice. And today, she gives music fans another reason to pay attention with her new single, “What Hurts The Most (Is Knowing You Want To Leave)”, which we are pleased to premiere today.
The song is classic country music. Aas’ storytelling is straight from the heart, reminiscent of Loretta Lynn’s and Emmylou Harris’ balladry. Yet, there is a modernity to the song, as the peddle steel chimes in the background and the tremolo guitar quakes the melody. But it is Aas’ voice and songwriting that stand front and center, commanding our attention from her very first lyric to the last. We feel her pain, experience her anguish, and live her memories, just like how the legends did years ago. Now it is a young woman from Oslo, Norway who is stealing our imagination.
“What Hurts The Most (Is Knowing You Want To Leave)” is the lead single from Aas’ forthcoming debut album, Old Soul. It arrives March 31st via Playground Music. The album was produced by Unnveig Aas and mixed by Ulf Holand (Sivert Høyem, Madrugada among others). The LP’s track list follows the audio.
Tracklist for Old Soul:
01 “What Hurts The Most (Is Knowing You Want To Leave)”
02 “Fleeting Love”
04 “Things Will Be Better”
06 “Lead Me”
07 “June (Nothing I Can Do)”
08 “Lone Wolf”
09 “Mama, I Want To Be Young”
10 ”I Should Have Known”
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