By now it’s pretty obvious that we’re big fans of Karin Park, but we also have a large soft spot for Eurovision, so the two coming together is some kind of dream scenario. Of course, this isn’t the first time that’s happened – Karin co-wrote Margaret Berger’s stonkingly-good entry for Norway in 2013 – but now she’s going it alone, and it’s probably the best song to get within a whiff of Eurovision since the last time Karin was involved. Co-written by British hitmaker Guy Chambers, Human Beings features brooding verses that reflect on Karin’s boyfriend’s diagnosis with cancer, giving way to an enormous release of a chorus: “We are human beings looking for a meaning, you know you’re alive as long as you’re breathing.” The deal isn’t set in stone, though. Karin has to compete in Norway’s national final alongside ten other entries in the hope to win the chance to represent Norway on Europe’s most glittering stage. Melodi Grand Prix takes place on March 14, but you can listen to the song now. The other entries are also available to listen to on NRK’s website, although we, er, haven’t yet.
Back in 2012, Karin Park released Highwire Poetry, which was basically one of the best and most criminally ignored albums of the year. So it has been with a lot of expectation that we’ve been waiting for new material. We had the good, if not spectacular, Shine back in March, and now here’s Look What You’ve Done. It’s her new single, that is if we ignore the fact it was released in Norway several months ago – when Karin performed it magnificently on the Norwegian Eurovision selection show Melodi Grand Prix (keep watching to see Karin’s protegée Margaret Berger’s excellent Scream, and also a duet of their Eurovision entry I Feed You My Love) – and is the first proper taste of forthcoming album Apocalypse Pop, coming March 2, 2015. So what does it sound like? Enormous drums, a propulsive beat and Karin’s extremely distinctive voice singing about a destructive relationship: “You’ve fucked with my mind… You’re sucking me dry… I should have run, run, run.” We’ve been listening to it for months but it’s still fantastic, and it’s great to see it getting a wider release. Roll on March for the album – when you’ll also be able to catch Karin at Oslo’s by:Larm festival.