In her latest musical endeavor, “Trouble Finding Words,” Norwegian artist Malin Pettersen takes listeners on a captivating journey filled with exploration and a modernized soundscape. Teaming up with producer Martin Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist), Pettersen presents a collection of songs that not only feel new and fresh but also pay homage to the musical influences of her 90s childhood.
From the very first notes, the enthusiasm and commitment to the new material are palpable, giving the album a distinct and genuine feel. “Trouble Finding Words” introduces us to a Malin Pettersen who feels like a new acquaintance, eager to share her musical evolution. The album’s sonic landscape draws inspiration from a diverse range of musical genres, with nods to 80s and 90s pop and R&B, creating a sound that may remind listeners of a fusion between Kacey Musgraves, Solange, and TLC.
Despite the stylistic shift, Pettersen’s unmistakable vocals remain a highlight, showcasing why she’s recognized as one of Norway’s best voices. Her ability to adapt her voice to different musical styles is evident throughout the album, creating a cohesive yet varied listening experience.
What sets “Trouble Finding Words” apart are the exciting collaborations that have emerged from Pettersen’s eagerness to explore new musical territories. Notable contributors such as soul sensation Stefanos Yowhannes on “Crying,” Sofie Tollefsbøl from Fieh on “Lost You,” Mall Girls’ Beth MacBride on “Life,” and the impressive 17-year-old Bergljot Bjella on “Cry if I Want To” add layers of depth and richness to the album, creating moments of surprise and delight for the listener.
With two previous releases on Die With Your Boots On Records, Malin Pettersen has solidified her place as a popular artist in Norway, gaining international recognition along the way. The accolades, including a Spellemann Award and features on prominent platforms like Lindmo, Senkveld, and Kåss Til Kvelds, underscore the impact of her music. Media heavyweights such as Billboard, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Forbes have also sung her praises.
Listen to “Trouble Finding Words” on Spotify here.