Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1)

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Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1)
Infections of a different kind step 1.jpg
Studio album by
Released28 September 2018 (2018-09-28)
Recorded2016–18
GenreIndie pop
Length33:13
LabelDecca, Universal
Producer
  • Aurora (exec.)
  • MyRiot
  • Askjeil Solstrand
  • Magnus Skylstad
  • Jakwob
  • Couros
  • Electric
Aurora chronology
All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend
(2016)
Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1)
(2018)
Singles from Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1)
  1. "Queendom"
    Released: 16 April 2018
  2. "Forgotten Love"
    Released: 17 August 2018

Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1) is the second album by Norwegian singer Aurora. It was released on 28 September 2018 on Decca Records. It is part of a two-part album that is expected to be continued in 2019 or 2020.[1]

Background[edit]

On the day of releasing her debut All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, she said that it was "the first album of many" that she has planned. As of 12 May 2016, after coming back from her European tour, Aurora announced that she was ready to begin writing and producing more material, which will eventually form her second studio album. She has said in a Facebook event that she has 15 demo songs and has written 1,000 songs/poems. Since the announcement, Aurora has released "I Went Too Far" as a single, and a music video for the track was released on 4 July 2016. According to Aurora, her second album was expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2018.[2]

Between April and August 2018, the singer released two singles, "Queendom" and "Forgotten Love", which were to be included on her second studio album.[3][4] Aksnes recorded the album during her stay in France in January of that year, and the production included the producers Askjell Solstrand, Roy Kerr and Tim Bran, with Aksnes herself also involved in this aspect.[5] Some of the new material was anticipated in live performances, including festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella.[6][7]

While maintaining some of the themes and stories of the previous album, this production would mark the first time that Aksnes included political and sexual themes in her songs.[8] Most of the new inspiration for these came from the interaction that she had with her fans during her first tour.[9] The music video for "Queendom" saw its release in May 2018, and it included a message to her LGBT fans; such message was portrayed by Aksnes herself kissing one of her female dancers, during what was described as a "big kissing party" that shows that "every type of love is accepted and embraced" in the singer's "queendom".[10]

On 28 September 2018, Aurora surprise-released Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1), and "step 2" is expected to follow in either 2019 or 2020. The album features eight songs,[11] and the title itself comes from the eighth track included on it, which Aurora declared as "the most important song I've ever written".[12] Shortly after the release, the singer embarked on a tour that began in Manchester, headlined by Cub Sport.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Queendom"
3:27
2."Forgotten Love"
  • MyRiot
  • Askjell Solstrand
  • Skylstad[b]
3:28
3."Gentle Earthquakes"
  • Aksnes
  • Bevan
  • Jacob
  • Sheibani
  • MyRiot
  • Solstrand
3:47
4."All Is Soft Inside"
  • Aksnes
  • Timothy Bran
  • Roy Kerr
  • MyRiot
  • Solstrand[b]
5:09
5."It Happened Quiet"
  • MyRiot
  • Solstrand
  • Skylstad[b]
4:09
6."Churchyard"
3:46
7."Soft Universe"
  • Aksnes
  • Bevan
  • Jacob
  • Sheibani
  • Jakwob
  • Couros
  • Aurora[b]
  • Skylstad[b]
4:00
8."Infections of a Different Kind"
  • Aksnes
  • MyRiot
  • Solstrand
5:27

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[13] 191
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[14] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AURORA tells us about her surprise 'empowering' new album 'Infections Of A Different Kind – Step 1'". NME. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Interview AURORA par Aurora France - #AskAuroraFR". YouTube. Aurora France. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Queendom - Single by AURORA". iTunes Store. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Forgotten Love – Single by AURORA". iTunes Store. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Aurora interview: I want to fight for everything that can't fight for itself". Standard.co.uk. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  6. ^ "AURORA advances its album with 'Queendom', which seeks "a place for all of us"". Jenesaispop (in Spanish). 17 April 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Aurora fez um show místico e cheio de amor no Lollapalooza 2018". Capricho (in Portuguese). 26 March 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  8. ^ Build LDN. "AURORA On The Themes Of "Queendom Come", Performance Anxiety And Teasing Her Upcoming Album". Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Coachella 2018: AURORA Talks 'Queendom' & Her Sophomore LP". Idolator. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Enter norwegian dreamer aurora's queendom in her intimate new music video". i-d. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  11. ^ "AURORA tells us about her surprise 'empowering' new album 'Infections Of A Different Kind – Step 1'". NME. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  12. ^ "An Interview with Aurora". Live in Limbo. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Aurora %5BNO%5D – Infections Of A Different Kind - Step 1" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Infections Of A Different Kind Step 1". VG-lista. Verdens Gang. Retrieved 12 February 2019.