Astrid S

Astrid Smeplass, professionally known as Astrid S, is a Norwegian singer and songwriter who rose to fame after coming fifth on the Norwegian version of Pop Idol in 2013. However, Astrid has long since transcended her career origins. With a string of hits under her belt including '2AM', 'Running Out' and 'Hyde', she has become one of the hottest artists to come out of Scandinavia this year. As well as managing to exceeded 100 million Spotify streams, clinching the 2015 MTV EMA for Best Norwegian Act and featuring on Avicii’s “Waiting For Love” EP, she has currently just wrapped up a tour with musician and online sensation Troye Sivan, joining him for his European shows.

She has recently released her first, self-titled, EP made up of five tracks of sheer ethereal perfection. It's headed by 'Paper Thin' for which she released a dreamy watercolour lyric video. This is accompanied by her latest track 'Hurts So Good' which she has released a gorgeous cinematic video of, filmed just outside Stockholm and embellished with special effects.

I recommend putting your headphones on, turning the volume up to just under a damaging level and blocking everything else out of your life just for a moment to listen to her EP. I feel that this is just the beginning of a succesful career for Astrid S.