Back in 2016 we introduced you to Norwegian group, viseMènn, with their official first single, ‘Begging You Please’, a dreamy atmospheric track with a sound reminiscent of Sigur Rós. Now they return, after months of being locked away in their recording studio, with new single, ‘Give It All Up’, a melody-drenched pop rock earworm.
Calling their style “Philosopher Rock”, ‘Give It All Up’ is high-energy and heartfelt, with a certain wistfulness in the verses, which gives way to huge hooks in the choruses. Lead singer Helge Corneliussen begs the listener to “give it all up tonight”, taking the song from an instruction to *someday* dispense with all the things that are holding you back, to an urgent, compelling, order to do it TONIGHT – do it NOW. Not tomorrow, not next week, but TONIGHT. In all that it’s a command, it’s nonetheless positive, and the listener comes away with a sense of having been shown a new direction.
The music video takes place in what looks like a village hall, with the band on stage, while people of all ages dance, in slow motion. The atmosphere is dreamlike, yet not ethereal – this is all happening on earth – with both band and audience lost in the enjoyment of their performance. Two wallflowers with eyes only for each other sit out the show; a small flame ignites, which could just as easily be their desire as the carelessly tossed match thrown by a pipe-smoking village elder. It’s a non-disguised symbol of seizing the day and taking the opportunities presented to you: Give it all up TONIGHT.
Find viseMènn on their official website.
Watch the video for ‘Give It All Up’: