“Pay attention to how during listening you will begin to whistle the melody with the performer. The melody Indietronica, a viscous and slow rhythm and a very unusual vocal. A track that has a minimalistic structure and a memorable melodic motive. (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Обратите внимание, как во время прослушивания вы начнёте насвистывать мелодию вместе с исполнителем. Мелодия Indietronica, вязкий и медленный ритм и очень необычный вокал. Трек, который имеет минималистичную структуру и запоминающийся мелодический мотив.”

Art-pop trio Mayuko release their version of "Chiaroscuro" to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the debut album by Einar Stray Orchestra. 2022 will see a series of singles, cover versions, and reworks of the album’s tracks, with Mayuko delivering the opening contribution!

Mayuko detail their approach to "Chiaroscuro":

"With its many different shades, 'Chiarsocuro' immediately resonated with all of us on an emotional level. But at the same time it was a big challenge to choose what details we wanted to concentrate on, musically. Pretty quickly we got stuck on the whistling part, and then built the rest around it. Even though both bands seem to be very different at first glance, there's actually a lot of common ground. Such as our love for the sound of strings or the oscillation between very quiet moments and sprawling, orchestral parts. Putting these commonalities into a new, minimalistic Mayuko costume was a very exciting and enriching process for us!"

A decade has passed since the release of Einar Stray Orchestra’s critically acclaimed debut album Chiaroscuro. To celebrate the 10 years anniversary the Norwegian band will do two exclusive concerts in June. With the one-time return of original member violinist Hanna Furuseth in the line-up, the quintet plays the album from start to finish in Berlin’s 1909 crematory Silent Green and Oslo’s 1901 central bank - Sentralen.

"I still can’t fully comprehend how we managed to make that album. Only 20 years old. We didn’t know anything. I guess the naivety made it come together, frontman Einar Stray reflects.

The album only received praise from the press. UK’s The 405 gave it 9 out of 10 and called it "outstanding piece of art" and German Rote Raupe wrote that it was "ein Meisterwerk!". Norway’s biggest paper Aftenposten stated that "Einar Stray delights, surprises, fascinates and captivates". After seing the band at Reeperbahn Festival GAFFA described it as "a revelation of beauty" to 6 out of 6 stars.

Since then the Norwegian indie rock gem has sharpened their expression. After two more critically acclaimed albums, two EPs, 100% concerts in Europe and Asia, and solid radio rotation in UK and Germany, the collective has become one of Norway's most experienced and playful acts. The band, known for their close (and Norwegian Grammy winning) collabs with Moddi and Cezinando, write songs about their religious upbringing, their love-hate relationship with Oslo and their «Peace Prize»- country’s double moral.




Mayuko, based in Mannheim and Berlin, Germany, consists of artists Michelle Cheung, Kasia Kadlubowska and Rebecca Mauch. Classically trained in music and in dance respectively, yet fearless in blending all their influences, Mayuko create kaleidoscopic soundscapes between pop, electronic and experimental. Ethereal voices float above rough bass loops and minimalist beats. Poetic lyrics describe sense and sensuality in a world where technology is on the rise and humanity is left behind.

Mayuko is delicate, fragile, but consequent. They live back and forth in worlds like in fairy tale or a 90’s post-grunge cityscape. Mayuko's songs touch your skin like silk, make you head bop like the wind the tall grass, take you on a hypnotizing trip to where concrete flowers bloom and imaginary bubbles float. Mayuko bring a softness to an unforgiving world.


Einar Stray Orchestra is an indie pop collective from Sandvika, Norway. Bolstered with vivid and symphonic sounds they are constantly evolving their unique style of orchestral indie. In Norway, Einar Stray Orchestra is still an underground phenomenon, but if you were to ask a random person on the streets of Berlin, it's more than likely that this person has attended one of their concerts.

Known for their collaborations with Cezinando and Moddi, with over 100% shows all across Europe and Asia in the past years they have had a quick rise to success. This includes sold out tours and spellbinding sets at industry showcases such as by:Larm, Reepherbahn Festival, Iceland Airwaves and Berlin Music Week. Their three previous albums; "Chiaroscuro", "Politricks" and "Dear Bigotry" has received outstanding praise from international press.

Reviewed by Nagamag on 
June 21, 2022

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