Despite her young age, Thea Glenton Raknes is already a name in the Norwegian music industry. She has gained experience as a songwriter, lyricist, frontwoman, and now as a producer.
With the project Thea & The Wild, she produces music both bold and brittle, future thinking production with a foot in classic folk and pop. The soundscape is inspired by Thea’s love for the organic, with warm bass, analogue synths and a focus on melodies and rhythm. Glenton’s characteristic vocals serve as a guide through the songs, and it is all elegantly produced by Kenneth Ishak (Beezewax, Heyerdahl), and Thea herself. Ishak also contributes as the only other musician on the album other than Thea.
“The songs I have made for this album is “pop” the way I like it; with clear choruses and lively melodies and rhythms. The lyrics may be a little dark, as I tend to write them from what struggles I have in my head. This is a record you can listen to while you dream of falling in love or reminisce about heartbreak”, says Thea.
Before the album’s release, Thea has already played at both the Hove and the Øya festival. The latter gig was rewarded with 5 out of 6 on the dice in newspaper Aftenposten’s review. In addition, she was recently handpicked as an opening act for Sivert Høyem’s Norwegian tour, which introduced Thea & The Wild to a large and wide audience across the country.
The success of her record in Norway has led to a UK release for Strangers And Lovers, released January 12th on Jansen Plateproduksjon.