AURORA reflects on humanity with ‘A Different Kind’.

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AURORA reflects on humanity with ‘A Different Kind’.

AURORA as she appears in the press release photos for 'Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1)'.

AURORA as she appears in the press release photos for 'Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1)'.

Decca Records, Glassnote Records

AURORA as she appears in the press release photos for 'Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1)'.

Decca Records, Glassnote Records

Decca Records, Glassnote Records

AURORA as she appears in the press release photos for 'Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1)'.

Mason Montano, Music Editor

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Over the past year-and-a-half, Norwegian singer-songwriter AURORA has steadily released material related to her second studio project, A Different Kind, including her critically acclaimed second EP, Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1), released last September, and her highly anticipated second studio album, A Different Kind of Human (Step 2), which dropped in early June.

In an interview with NME, AURORA compared her goal with A Different Kind to that of her first album, All of My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, which she said was about taking a deeper look inside herself and accepting her demons. With the new album, she seeks to use that deeper understanding of herself to touch upon the “many different aspects of what it is to be human”. 

A Different Kind is divided into two parts, or steps, and maintain the same story-like structure typical of AURORA’s work, with lyrics drowned in complex metaphors and symbolism.

The first step, Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1), deals with the internal aspects of humanity, such as love, sexuality, and mental health. 

The lead single, “Queendom”, is a dance-oriented track with themes of Queer and female empowerment inspired by AURORA’s visit to Brazil during her All My Demons Tour, a country known for its legal discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community.

The second step, A Different Kind of Human (Step 2), is more political and discusses themes of climate change, activism, and social stigmas. 

The third single, “The River”, is centered around people who hide their emotions out of fear of being viewed as “weak”. It’s a self-empowerment anthem with an upbeat, folktronica-esque production that could easily make it a radio hit, something rare considering AURORA’s more experimental sound.

Both steps utilize a combination of stripped-down instrumentation and electronic beats to create a new breed of pop music that can best be described, in my mind, as “pagan pop”. It sounds a little weird, but when I listen to AURORA’s music, I think of the forest and fairies and dryads and will o’wisps. Her light, enchanting vocals also add a sense of magic and mystery to the music.

With these two beautiful projects, A Different Kind is complete. Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1) and A Different Kind of Human (Step 2) are available now across all online and streaming platforms.

Stream Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1) on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2elb18efHkfPJPFHivbZm6?si=L9ymGKgrQzufgD71YLGCvw

Stream A Different Kind of Human (Step 2) on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5NyKdDV8KGVaXUatH3gpaE?si=mZ8dYqX2Q6uvpBOVjJ2vlA

Watch the music video for “Queendom”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wULeXeQkqd0

Watch the music video for “The River”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7lE-G1oC34