Having grown up in the Norwegian fishing town of Drøbak, used as the harbour for nearby capital Oslo when temperatures freeze over in the winter, EERA only began to pick up on the dark and brooding sound she channels on her self-titled EP after moving to London.
“It’s in the pop world but with grunge elements,” she says of her music, admitting that life changed when she swapped her acoustic guitar for the endless possibilities of an electric. “When I write is when I feel the most relaxed. I forget everything else.”
Inspired by the modern school of classic songwriters; think Cat Power, Jeff Buckley and Elliot Smith, EERA cites PJ Harvey above them all. “You see people with all their fancy instruments and effects and there’s just no songs anymore. What I like about PJ Harvey is she can sit on a stage and just play guitar and it will sound incredible.”
This bare-bones approach to songwriting is married to an emotional honesty many would find intimidating. “I wanted to be really honest in my lyrics and wear my heart on my sleeve. There is a lot of music out there where people hide behind their lyrics. It’s important to be brave.”
Between tales of doomed relationships (listen to the Sharon Van Etten-esque ‘White Water’), there are also depictions of the harbours and glistening blue seas back home in Norway (‘Drive With Fear’) and a beautiful moment where she takes on the voice of her grandmother; speaking to her late grandfather as they approached 60 years of marriage (‘Marry Me’).
By tapping into her bravery and lyrical honesty, EERA has established a sound which she finally feels represents what she wants to say. “I was always writing but never felt yeah, this is it,” she says of previous musical efforts. “Now I’m really getting there.”