a-ha returns with new album
a-ha, Norway’s multi-million selling purveyors of instant pop gems, finally returned on 27 July with the brand new album ‘Foot Of the Mountain’ released on Universal Music.
Bursting to life with soaring synths, a memorable chorus and Morten Harket’s instantly recognisable vocals, ‘Foot Of the Mountain’ is an a-Ha classic that sees a return to their early recording methods and synth sensibilities, reminiscent of tracks that made them the 36 million selling band they are today.
Written by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy and Magne Furuholmen, the title track ‘Foot Of the Mountain’, which is out on 20 July, has all the elements that define the a-ha sound, melodic melancholia, yearning lyrics and synth hooks. A track about fundamental conflicts in modern life, it examines the pull between nature and big-city civilisation. As Paul explains, “It’s the dilemma of loving a city life, yet secretly wondering if we’d be happier being surrounded by open fields and sweeping mountains.”
A band unlike any other, Morten, Magne and Paul of a-ha have remained a constant force in music since the release of their debut album ‘Hunting High And Low’ in 1985. With singles such as ‘Take On Me’, ‘The Sun Always Shines On TV’, ‘I’ve Been Losing You’ and ‘Train Of Thought’, a-ha are a musical influential force that has picked up fans over the years that include U2, Keane, Coldplay and even moved Liam Gallagher to proclaim them “f***ing amazing.” In 2008, their body of work earned them the Q Magazine Inspiration Award.
‘Foot Of The Mountain’ has already received Radio 2 play after they picked up the single in Norway ahead of release. a-ha played the Roundhouse in London on Friday 24 July. The band will also do an arena tour of the UK in November.