There’s been a steady influx of sheer, blissful pop music exuding from Norway, Anna of the North, Sigrid and now… Thea and the Wild.
Melodic and catchy with influxes of 80’s rock and 90’s R’n’B, as Thea says herself “it’s not cold and typical ‘Nordic’, it’s pretty warm and groovy.”
“I’m really into a good beat and using a lot of organic instruments.”
Half Norwegian and half British, Thea grew up in Norway with her British mother and “a bunch of lovely hippies,” she had no musical schooling, but upon starting a band with four friends at the age of 18, she’s never looked back. Now, she’s living in Oslo spending all of her time on music, be it her own or by playing in a few other bands (one being Frøkedal).
“I made up my name from a cheesy poster my brother had in his room with a huge eagle on it that just said ‘The Wild’.”
Her music has made quite the journey, developing a lot along the way. A clear turning point seemed to come in the form of ‘Dark Horse’, “yes, definitely,” Thea agrees. “I’ve pushed my sound a lot and just had a lot of fun in the studio with my two fellow musicians/producers, doing whatever we thought was exciting there and then. I’m growing as a songwriter and I feel like playing around with genres and sounds a lot more!”
‘Dark Horse’ specifically, is about having to take risks when getting into a relationship with someone, “that typical back and forth and feeling like you’re a dark horse that you’re asking someone to risk it all for” Thea explains. “I made it at home using this old school toyish keyboard and a couple of chopsticks for percussion. I like the way it’s almost a bit nursery rhyme-y since the lyrics are somewhat about a game,” she reveals.
Compare her sound from ‘Dark Horse’ onward to the earlier sounds of ‘Cry Sometimes’ on her SoundCloud from four years ago and it’s evident that her sound has got bigger, bolder and has literally taken a life of its own. Speak to Thea about ‘Cry Sometimes’ though and she’ll be quick to tell you that she still loves the way that song sounds.
Thea takes lyrical inspiration from her own experiences and that of those around her, documentaries, books and exhibitions. When it comes to melodies, Thea’s early years discovering her parents rock’n’roll records from Led Zeppelin to Slade, Fleetwood Mac to Bowie and then her mission to listen to anything she found catchy, from Spice Girls to Brandy, to The Clash, Patti Smith and Shania Twain has definitely lead to her eclectic songwriting style.
“I take notes all the time, almost without thinking about it.”
So what’s next we hear you ask? Well, at the moment Thea’s putting all of her efforts into finishing the album (fingers crossed it’ll be out early next year), with big touring and festival plans for the remainder of next year. Aside from that she’s also currently dreaming of moving to a small house in the countryside with a garden studio. “Oslo might be having a music boom right now, but it’s very expensive. Fingers crossed for a new government that’s friendlier towards refugees and that will prioritise art and culture.”