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1883 On Rotation: The Veps Playlist Takeover

The thrilling Norwegian group, Veps, take over this week’s 1883 On Rotation playlist.

The thrilling Norwegian group, Veps, take over this week’s 1883 On Rotation playlist.

The Oslo-based quartet, Veps, comprises keyboardist and vocalist Helena Mariero Olasveengen, bassist June K Urholt, guitarist and vocalist Laura Dodson, and drummer Maja B Berge. The band formed when the group were 14 years old and fast-forward to now, aged 20, Veps have been making fantastic alt-indie-pop tunes since their debut single, “Ecstasy”, released in 2021. Their debut record Oslo Park arrived in 2022 and the band have already played at an array of international festivals like The Great Escape, Reeperbahn and Norway’s crowning jewel, Øyafestival.

Veps are now gearing up to release their sophomore studio record Dedicated To which lands on June 14th via Miktam Records and Universal Music. Today, the buzzy Norwegian group have revealed the third single to be lifted from the LP, “Break & Entry”, a beautiful, guitar-led tune produced by Marcus Forsgren. Thematically, the song was written from relationships between both lovers and friends, whilst being about that empty feeling you get after giving everything you have to someone but they don’t reciprocate that same energy.

To celebrate the release of the band’s new single “Break & Entry”, Veps have curated an exclusive playlist for 1883, filled with songs they adore.

Photography Erik Fitzinger

Break & Entry” – Veps

June: This is our very new song “Break & Entry”. It’s about giving and giving in a relationship, without getting much back. We’ve used the motive of a robbery to depict that empty, naked feeling. We hope you like it, we’re proud of this one.

Yet Again” – Grizzly Bear

June: This song is one of my many ‘song crushes’, You know when you can’t stop listening to a song because it lives in your mind. I always want to sing along to this, no matter where I am! It is one of my favourites.

So Many Ways to Get Downtown” – Próxima Parada

June: This song can make me happy no matter what kind of mood I’m in. It reminds me of the period I had just started dating my girlfriend, and we used to listen to this song in the background.

It is my go-to when I don’t know what to listen to!

Heaven Or Las Vegas” – Cocteau Twins

Helena: This is my go-to shower song. I always dance to it when I’m home alone and it makes me feel really good.

Linger” – The Cranberries

Helena: Before I go to sleep I often listen to this song, not because it makes me sleepy, but because it’s so beautiful that I love to just listen to it without doing anything else.

Panda” – Dungen

Maja: I’m a big fan of Dungen and the jazzy, psychedelic, folk rock Swedish music in the first place, but this particular song is such a delicious jealousy song that always makes me want to play in Dungen’s band.

Food For Clouds” – Brian Jonestown Massacre

Laura: This song is food for my brain, this whole album has gotten me through the cold hard winter we’ve had in Norway this year. I’ve been delving more into psychedelic rock this winter to keep me inspired, and I kept listening to this specific song on repeat and repeat.

Friend Of A Friend” – The Smile

Laura: “I’m a big fan of Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood and any project they touch, and The Smile is no exception. I saw someone write that “this is the type of music The Beatles would create now if they were still making music” and I agree with that on this one.

Listen for yourself, It’s a really beautiful song.

Greetings From Peru” – Veps 

Full band: “This is the first single we released from our upcoming album Dedicated To. It’s a song we wrote when one of us was backpacking through South America, and figuring out what they really wanted back home.

Working on this album has allowed us to be more playful than before, and we’ve been experimenting more with broadening our own sound.

We can’t wait to show you more songs from the album, it’s out June 14th!

Listen to the playlist below.

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Intro Cameron Poole

Featured image Matias Mørland

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