Made up of vocalist and pianist Jenny Marie Sabel and multi-instrumentalist Eirik Vildgren, Norwegian duo Kondradsen make soft music that soothes with the freshness of a minty balm. Minimalist piano and synths create a vast landscape as gentle horns, strings, beats, samples, and field recordings fill it in with pastel colors. Sabel’s lullaby croons wrap around it all like a warm hug. It’s a sound and feeling that infuses every minute of their 2019 debut, Saints and Sebastian Stories, and extends into their 2020 EP, Rodeo No. 5, a five-song collection that they say tries “to capture the raw fragments that drift by in everyday life.” To go along with this theme, the pair put together a playlist for us that also attempts to encapsulate a moment in time.
Says Sabel of the playlist: “Here’s a playlist of songs much listened to the last few days—some new releases and old gems. Since we’re not supposed to travel much in these special times, the band doesn’t get to meet and make music. We live in different parts of the country at the moment. But what a perfect time to listen and get inspired by other musicians and work on some demos until we can meet again. This playlist is the latest inspiration blown through our ears.”