Kenneth Ishak just announced the release of his first solo album in over a decade “Native Tongue“, due 5th November, and released the album’s title track, “Native Tongue“. Both the album and the track “explore Ishak’s experience of growing up as multi-ethnic, with a Norwegian mother and Malaysian father in Norway, and finding a connection with the parts of his identity that were not always apparent.“
Particularly, the track is “reflective of his father who moved to Norway in the 1970s, experiencing all the loss of the familiar and the prejudice that ultimately comes with being an immigrant“.
“Native Tongue” reminded us of a-ha “Take on Me” for its upbeat drums and runs as the opening statement of the track. Further listening uncovers a multitude of sonorities that range from 70’s retro vibes to 2010’s Phoenix soundscapes and current Joywave influences. The result is an easy-going, easy-listening tune that explores deep emotional territory without ever getting heavy on the listener. On the contrary, “Native Tongue” exudes a golden-glowing aura every time we listen to it that makes us want to listen to it over and over again.