LearningToDive is the new identity of New Zealand based Bravo Bonez; his debut album, Norwegian Pop, is an inventive love letter to the dazzling music scene of the 1980s.
With the reviews pouring in, Norwegian Pop has already proved its place; A & R Factory described it as “an intoxicatingly sublime blend of Alt Rock, 80’s Pop and Post Punk”.
Happy Mag followed this up, calling the album a “gloriously atmospheric production…full of vigour, spirit, and social commentary”.
LearningToDive incorporates the best of the ’80s with elements of Trip-Hop and Shoegaze, New Wave, Synth-pop and New Romantic movement. Celebrating the success, the artist has now released new music videos.
Watch the Video for I Stand on an Ice Floe here:
Watch the Stunning Video to Promenade here
Norwegian Pop is one of a series of projects by musician, producer, vocalist and composer, Bravo Bonez. His music explores personal, political and societal ideas, addressing themes of hope, betrayal, danger and age, whilst retaining a musical edge that crosses the decades to sound as vibrant and vital as ever.
The album focuses on the more serious aspects of his life and is stylistically different from his previous musical output. The last few years have seen Bravo Bonez seriously question some of the assumptions he has made about his place in the world and his responsibilities as a husband, father and denizen of this fragile blue planet.
Each of his new tracks explores a different theme using 1980’s musical templates, emphasising texture, depth and harmony. Bravo has many contemporary influences, but for this album specifically, he cites 80’s artists such as Roxy Music, the Psychedelic Furs, Echo & The Bunnymen and Iva Davies (Icehouse). There are some more recent artists that have influenced the album, examples being Boards of Canada, Radiohead and The Impending Adorations.
Born in the UK, Bonez has spent the last 15 years between the cities of London and Wellington (New Zealand). Now permanently settled in the capital of NZ due to Covid-19, Bravo spends his time reconnecting with his musical passion through a variety of musical projects, as well as helping to develop and encourage local musicians through owning and running his own music studio called PureSound Studios NZ.
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Words by Chloe Neal