Neon Ion is award-winning vocalist, Natalie Sandtorv’s electro-R&B/jazz project!
Neon Ion`s style is a mix of alternative R&B mixed with a little jazz and topped off with a little soul. The project has taken shape on tours in Europe and during writing stays in Los Angeles, Italy and Berlin. In this music, life takes place in the nightclubs, it is high energy, modern R&B with a good dose of LA coolness. Sandtorv won the prestigious Jazz talent award during Moldejazz in 2016, and has written commissioned works for several festivals, and headlined several major jazz festivals in Europe. (..) Natalie Sandtorv impresses as Neon Ion, who will remain as one highlight from the Norwegian pop year 2020″. Natalie Sandtorv, Erlend Mokkelbost and Lars Horntveth wrote the commissioned piece GLASS for Moldejazz 2022.
“Neon Ion’s Heart Echoes expands the field of modern Norwegian pop music.”
ABOUT MOOD COSMIC:
Neon Ion brings a brand new album,”Mood Cosmic”, with special guests the legendary trumpet player Arve Henriksen, and indie starboy Ola Village. She proves she still inhabits the playfulness and unpredictability from her experimental background from her jazz days. The new music is more tapered than the previous album and shows us a strong songwriter as well as performer.
A fast-maturing artist, Neon Ion allows her lush vocals to play around with edgy arrangements. Her style is a mix of electro-pop with a pinch of R&B and topped off with a whole lot of soul. In short, the songs are about fluttery feelings, and both lasting or fleeting romance. The songs on the album have a seriousness to them, bringing us close to the artist’s mind.
Natalie is using more of her lower register and is expanding her sound in a mellow way with an impeccable ease. Clearly inspired by artists such as Snoh Allegra, H.E.R, and Little Dragon. With special guests the legendary trumpet player Arve Henriksen, and indie starboy Ola Village. She proves she still inhabits the playfulness and unpredictability from her experimental background from her jazz days. The new music is more tapered than the previous album and shows us a strong songwriter as well as performer.
On this album she has worked with different producers and guests. Erlend Mokkelbost, Ivan Blomqvist, and Martin Vinje have all put their signatures on the different tracks they produced, and all create a special atmosphere around Natalie’s songwriting and expression. On the alternate version of Orbit, the iconic trumpet player Arve Henriksen, a major representative of a golden generation of jazz, honours us with his incredible presence on the horn. Their interplay on this track is hauntingly beautiful.
Stay Love is something as rare as a duet, between the Norwegian indie artist Ola Village, and Neon. Produced by Ivan Blomqvist, this RnB turned pop-tune makes it hard not to sing along and fall in love with the chorus. It’s safe to say that the artist has found her place in this fusion of genres and turns it into her own expression.
“In fact, she manages to turn it into a sort of slow, smoochy dance track right from the start before the tempo picks up. It’s silky, sultry, a little sexy even, and yet at the same time it is ever so slightly brooding and menacing. The sort of song the Boyz might be cavorting to in a disco with their ladies on the border of Watts and Compton during a ceasefire between the Bloods and the Crips, to lines like “We can’t play this game forever…we don’t know how this will play out.” Nordic Music Central