Majken wrote and recorded Dancing Mountains on a journey between LA’s blinding lights, the seduction of Paris and quiet times by the Nordic Fjord – where she grew up. It’s reminiscent of sixties low-fi in a pop-rock dream daze, floating in a David Lynch-esque universe with raw and emotive lyrics. A “dreamy heartbreak” as she describes it.
Majken, who’s inspirations comes from Velvet Underground and Leonard Cohen, as well as wild nature and breakfast in bed, set out to write an album with a dreamy and real feel to it. She produced it in collaboration with Jesse Nolan in Los Angeles and Maxime Sokolinski in Paris.
“These songs are my stories of a troubled time, the dancing mountains in my backyard, the owls outside my window singing loud, lonely nights in a magical city, falling in love with madness, appreciating every sunrise and all the waves, it’s all about the waves” says Majken.
Majken has previously released an EP Deronda Hotel, an homage to the house in the Hollywood Hills where she lived for a year on the winding street Deronda Drive, which also paved the way for the forthcoming album. It was here she started writing and recording her own songs while playing percussion for French indie pop outlet Tropical Nirvana.
Majken plays live with a full band (drummer Jason Ganberg and guitarist Owen Barry) who has developed her ideas into a fresh take on a classic sound. They’ve played at venues like The Echo, The Satellite, Hotel Cafe, and The Standard. If you let her, she’ll take you on a journey in her own universe with the lead of her husky vocals and strange dance moves on stage.
Majken is also a professional trained dancer (Nike, Justin Timberlake, etc.), a visual artist (acrylic and mixed mediums) and has directed several of her own videos and projects.
“The dichotomy between Scandinavia and the American West Coast would seem to be vast, but the unbelievably talented Majken bridges the chasm with tremendous ease.”
– The 405“…she has an ethereal husky voice that draws you in to her artist world accompanied by wet guitar riffs that is reminiscent of old-school rock and roll with an indie-pop twist.”
– Ladygunn“…a lot of sirupy smiles and soft surf-pop melodies”
– Nordic By Nature
“…an upbeat garage pop song about “living it up” in the wake of being dumped. The video is all cotton candy, ferris wheel, lolipops, friends, and sunny car ride—a recipe for getting over that jerk, Franco, whoever you are.”