TV: Finally, it is Emelie Hollow’s (26) turn to hear what the others have done with her songs. She sang in public for the first time when she was three years old, and at 12 she released her first self-written song after a competition in P4. Six years later, she came in fourth place in the short-lived TV program “The Stream”.
Alongside her own career, Emelie has written songs for and with many other artists, from Dagny to Alan Walker and Tix. Tonight, she is interpreted by the other six artists in “Hver gang vi møstes”, and we review continuously as usual.
Ramón: “He” (Emelie Hollow / Øyvind Mathisen)
“He” is originally “slow music”, which in Ramón’s Norwegian translation has become “Bli”. He has “spirited” it up a bit and made it acoustic and more analogue, with a soft acoustic guitar as the most prominent instrument.
Ramón basically has a distinctive way of singing, bordering on talk singing. Here he “breaks out” quite quickly in falsetto, he sings with empathy and for the first time I also feel that he does it one hundred percent relaxed with his gentle voice. I am waiting for a boost in the arrangement which will come eventually – albeit cautiously. It’s not a deep text, but it’s fair to say that it’s improved over the excessively slow-moving and tough original?
Matoma with Ruben: “Alone together” (Hollow / Carl-Viktor Guttormsen)
“Alone together” is also a “slow song” that increases in tempo. It has a special history. Emelie wrote it after input from VG readers about life as a young person in 2021, and it is naturally strongly influenced by the pandemic.
Matoma has translated it into English. He and his guest vocalists have had good results on the streaming services with several of their interpretations in “Every time we meet”. Tonight it is Ruben (Markussen) who is helping to pay tribute to an artist he also knows well. The Norwegian text is full of contradictions. Something is muted here. Translated into English, “Alone Together” has become a straight pop song that has been transformed from hurtful and hurtful to positive and full of hope. Ruben does a fine-fine job with the vocals, but like much else in the genre, this dance version is overly formulaic.