Well, not really "out of nowhere." She's from Norway. And, as usual those wily Brits were ahead of the curve with this one, as hits like "Oh My God" and "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" have been big there for about a while now. Still, it seems like it's just recently people starting buzzing about her here. It's been widely reported that she has synesthesia, which is like, the most fun neurological disorder you can have.
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Our pal Martin Cizmar saw her the other night in Phoenix (technically Scottsdale, but that doesn't mean a lot to folks out here), and was bummed that she only played for 45 minutes. How long can you really expect someone with only one album to play? 45 minutes seems about right, though he later retracted to saying that it was "more like 35," which would be kinda on the low side. Another person I know saw her there, and wrote on his Facebook that it was the "sexist show of the year." He later clarified, though, that he meant "sexiest." So, get ready Orange County, for 35 to 45 minutes of the sexist, but probably not sexist, show of the year!