FBP’s ‘Snow’ draws parallels to Game of Thrones and Bjork, Enya in serene ways
For all you Game of Thrones fans, if you were Jon Snow, the former commander of the Night’s Watch and the bastard son of the deceased lord Ned Stark, what kind of music might you listen to if given the chance?
For the indie/alternative pop artist FBP, she’s making a case for her new EP titled “Snow.” Whether or not you’ve seen all the episodes of Game of Thrones, or none of them, however, “Snow” is an engaging set of songs in the spirit of Enya or Björk.
As for the Game of Thrones connection, FBP has said that it was serendipitous that the same thing that inspired her to write “Snow” appears to be one of the inspirations for the GoT writers — Agnes Obel’s music. She’s also said that she’s received more than a few suggestions that her album should be included in the show.
So, the main question remains though — is the album worth listening to?
The simple answer is yes — although it’s definitely not music for everyone. It’s anchored by beautiful vocals and a simple piano melody on most tracks with a few faint complementary instruments as well. The highlight of the album is, to no surprise, the title track. It’s a chilling piece that makes you feel as if you’re watching the white stuff fall from the sky, or simply wishing you could be. FBP’s vocals are on full display and she reaches notes that only few others can even attempt to do.
It’s also well mixed and produced as each piece can be easily heard and nothing feels out of place. The lyrics are sung in a foreign language, so if you’re an English speaker you may not understand exactly what she’s saying, but, that doesn’t take away from the emotion that she displays on each track.
Additionally, FBP states in her official release that the album was “influenced a lot by the death of a friend.”
“A young boy, who at the age of three told his mom that he has come to this world to be a snow angel. During a tragic December night he died on the first snow at the age of 13, next to my home … I cried at the studio when we recorded it and it still brings tears to my eyes.”
A singer from Finland, FBP, real name Laura Avonius, also writes all of her own music and lyrics. She came into the limelight with her ambient fusion debut album in September 2017. The album won dozens of accolades all over the world. The album topped the radio charts in the U.S., as well.
“Snow” may put you in the mood to watch some of the popular HBO series now in its final season, but even if it doesn’t, there’s a calming/serene feel and a layer of mystery/danger on a few of the tracks underneath that tone, too.
She released the single Time at SXSW this March, and rest of her EP came out on April 12. Her single release gig / SXSW showcase was sold out, with over 2,000 people on the waiting list.