Despite her young age, Thea Glenton Raknes is quite experienced in the Norwegian music industry. She has gained a lot of said experience as a songwriter, lyricist, frontwoman, and now as a producer. With the project Thea & The Wild, she produces bold pop music that truly is catchy. The songs on her excellent 2014 debut, Strangers and Lovers, reside in an alternative musical landscape, where playful pop melodies are mixed with elements of synth pop and classic rock.
The eleven track collection is inspired by Thea's love for the organic, with warm bass, playful retro guitars, analogue synths and a focus on melodies and rhythm. However, Glenton's characteristic vocals serve as the guide throughout, and it's all elegantly produced by Kenneth Ishak (Beeswax, Heyerdahl), and Thea herself.
"The songs I have made for this album are pop songs the way I like them; with clear choruses and lively melodies and rhythms," she says. "The lyrics may be a little dark, as I tend to write them from what struggles I have in my head. But this is a record you can smile to, dance down the pavement to, or play loudly in the car in the summer, while you dream of falling in love or reminisce about heartbreak."