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Marte Røyeng’s debut EP 'No One' is produced by acclaimed artist, musician and producer Thom Hell, and features notable guest musicians Olaf Olsen (BigBang) and Ole-Henrik Moe. It is coloured by an ambiguity that is typical to Røyeng’s songwriting: she always leaves behind the sense of being inviting, yet somewhat secretive.
The EP title in itself hints at her fondness for multiple meanings. Being no one could imply an unwanted solitude (as on the title track). It could mean hiding safely in the shadows (as on the second track "The Key"), in an effort to become invulnerable which does not necessarily prevent one from getting hurt. Or it could point to bittersweet endings, when becoming no one to one another turns out to be inevitable and necessary (as on the final track "While You Can"). The three songs featured on 'No One' EP are each a meditation on the urgent need to be someone, for someone.
Marte Røyeng’s debut EP unveils an ambitious songwriter with a lot to say. Her songs are many-layered, yet it is the core subjects of pop music she approaches. She does so from less predictable angles, using secretive blank spaces and sidesteppings, and it is in these suggestive gaps that she brings out something truly emotional. Pop music both gentle and strong, with a voice that is genuine and clear.
After six years of performing in concert venues, cafés and smaller festivals in Oslo and as far north as Lofoten, Marte Røyeng has made a solid impression on a broad audience of music lovers as a noteworthy voice and songwriter. Writing her own string arrangements and playing mandolin, piano, guitar and banjo, she approaches whatever she does with the slightly eclectic musicality that has become her trademark.