LISTEN TO “THE BALL” REMIXES HERE.
PRE-ORDER DEBUT STUDIO ALBUM – HUMAN SAFARI – OUT JULY 23
“…sleek, icy, slightly strange dance-pop…” – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“…off-kilter yet immediately engrossing electronic pop.” – MTV NEWS
“…impossibly infectious…not like everybody else.” – BLACKBOOK
Ora The Molecule today shares two new remixes for “The Ball,” the latest single from her debut studio album, Human Safari, which will be released July 23 on Mute.
Fans are treated to remixes by UNISEX Records co-founder Nick Monaco and Montreal newcomers Melora. Monaco’s take on the single ramps up the tempo and pairs sirens with arpeggiated motifs to create an intense groove. Melora – the duo of Jessica Abruzzese and Gino La Posta – take “The Ball” in a decidedly more synthwave direction with punchy percussion and majestic synth washes.
Of the Nick Monaco remix, Nora Schjelderup – the creative force behind Ora The Molecule – says, “Instant crush on this one! I get jungle vibes. It’s organic in the soundscape and it feels like we are diving into nature. It makes me think of a spiced up Francis Bebey in an electronic dress. Loving it!”
Reflecting on Melora’s reimagining, she notes, “This track takes you on a proper ride. From a plane about to take off, to full on drum and bass in the clouds! It has an overall old school vibe that gives me associations to early Moby. Really cool remix!”
Pre-order Human Safari on orange crush transparent vinyl, CD, and digital platforms here. All physical editions come with a one-of-a-kind Polaroid photo with doodle done by Nora Schjelderup (see artwork for her previously released singles for an example of her drawings).
Watch the video for “The Ball” here.
MORE ABOUT ORA THE MOLECULE
Ora The Molecule is the musical moniker of Norwegian-born avant-pop artist Nora Schjelderup. For Schjelderup, life has always been about observation and finding one’s purpose in the community at large. She is the molecule personified: the smallest bit of matter that retains its own identity while being part of something greater. This keen sense of inspection and willingness to surrender to feelings of wide-eyed wonder guided Schjelderup from her childhood to the release of her debut album, Human Safari.
For the LP, Schjelderup adopted role of observer as she examined the world around her. “You could look at it like a bird walking around and feeling stupid for not understanding how everything works,” she theorizes. “You feel small. When cognition takes over, those feelings can come easily because it’s so much to take in for a tiny creature. It’s celebrating the spectacle.”
Human Safari consists of 12 songs alternating between joyous, beat-driven avant-pop and slick synthwave. “It’s for sure two poles,” Schjelderup explains. “The speaker is the storyteller and the instrumentals are nature or the way life goes. Sometimes you get scared, sometimes it opens up. It’s life. I wanted to make a landscape where the voice could guide you through and be a safe voice. So even when it’s a little bit darker, you’re still in the story and it continues.”
Throughout her life – and the album – Schjelderup espouses the concept of the extended chosen family and welcoming those who might otherwise feel uninvited. “It’s a sense of belonging, a sense of oneness that you don’t see in other parts of society,” she says. “Community is everything. It’s very important but it starts with the individual. If I can contribute to that, I want to do it.”
Human Safari Tracklisting
1. The Ball
4. Die To Be A Butterfly
6. Shadow Twin
7. Beat Beat Beat
8. I Wanna Be Like You
9. Pocket Universe
10. You Need Air
The Ball Remixes EP Tracklisting
1. The Ball (Nick Monaco Remix)
2. The Ball (Melora Remix)
July 13, 2021