With a penchant for “rock chicks”, electric guitars, great choruses and a nostalgic relationship to the 2000s, 21-year-old Torine has already marked herself as a different addition to the Scandinavian pop flora. From family singing to home-burned CDs via Idol, all the way to packed stadium concerts with big artists; the dream is still to make music that speaks to and helps people, as well as telling stories from a slightly different perspective.
Whether you’ve heard of Torine or not, you’ve probably heard her vocals. In 2019, she ravaged the charts by singing on Alan Walker, Tungevaag and K-391’s “Play”, a remake of the Mangoo classic “Eurodancer”.
110M streams plus a tour in Europe and Asia later, she signed with Universal Music Norway and released her first single “Dancing in My Sleep” – a bittersweet debut about getting away from reality. She followed up with the guitar-driven “Make U Cry”, the floor-filler “Cliche” and ended 2020 with the song “Stupid Things” which is a sonic throwback to a time nestled somewhere between euphoric pop and High School rock. As her releases have grown, so too have her number of streams, number of listeners and her musical ambitions. The songs alternate between light and more serious themes, juxtaposed by sonics, tempo and production value that is playful and uplifting. Torine says “Music has helped me through some difficult times during my life, and my biggest desire is that my music can do the same for other people”.
The first release in 2021, “Bored” shows Torine from a darker side. The song points to the early noughties’ Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne, with a flurry of guitars and organic drums in the mix; “Britney’s evil little sister”, if you will. Or as she states in the second verse: “I’m not Britney but my thoughts are toxic…”. During 2021, a lot of music will be released and it will all culminate in a conceptual album in September, where we will get a deeper insight into Torine’s musical universe.