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Infections of a Different Kind - Step 1 is the second album by Norwegian singer AURORA. It was released on September 28, 2018 through Decca Records.

Background[edit | edit source]

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 May 12, 2016, after coming back from her European tour, AURORA announced that she was ready to begin writing and producing more material, which eventually formed her second studio album. She has said in a Facebook event that she has 15 demo songs and has written 1,000 songs/poems. According to AURORA, her second album was expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2018.[1]

Between April and August 2018, the singer released two singles, "Queendom" and "Forgotten Love", which were to be included on her second studio album.[2] [3]Aksnes recorded the album during her stay in France in January of that year, and the production included the producers Askjell, Roy Kerr and Tim Bran, with Aksnes herself. [4] Some of the new material was performed live ahead of release, including at festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella.[5] [6]

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. Most of the new inspiration for these came from the interaction that she had with her fans during her first tour. [7] 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".[8]

On September 28, 2018, AURORA surprise-released Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1). The album features eight songs,[9] the title being that of the eighth track, which AURORA declared as "the most important song I've ever written".[10]

Photo shoot[edit | edit source]

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

Standard edition[edit | edit source]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Queendom" AURORA, Couros Sheibani, Fiona Bevan, Jakwob AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Couros Sheibani, Jakwob 3:27
2. "Forgotten Love" AURORA, Martin Sjølie Magnus Skylstad, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Askjell 3:28
3. "Gentle Earthquakes" AURORA, Couros Sheibani, Fiona Bevan, Jakwob Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Askjell 3:47
4. "All Is Soft Inside" AURORA, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Askjell 5:09
5. "It Happened Quiet" AURORA, Sacha Skarbek Magnus Skylstad, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Askjell 4:09
6. "Churchyard" AURORA, Electric AURORA, Electric 3:46
7. "Soft Universe" AURORA, Couros Sheibani, Fiona Bevan, Jakwob AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Couros Sheibani, Jakwob 4:00
8. "Infections of a Different Kind" AURORA Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Askjell 5:27

Deluxe Edition (Japan only)[edit | edit source]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
9. "The River" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes, Mark Ralph 3:37
10. "Animal" AURORA, Kill Dave, Toby Gad AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Askjell, Kill Dave, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Toby Gad 3:34
11. "Dance on the Moon" AURORA, Guy Sigsworth AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr 3:36
12. "Daydreamer" AURORA, Peter Wade AURORA, Askjell, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr 3:39
13. "Hunger" AURORA, Fiona Bevan AURORA, Magnus Skylstad 2:46
14. "Soulless Creatures" AURORA, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr AURORA, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr 5:02
15. "In Bottles" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Askjell, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr 3:58
16. "A Different Kind of Human" AURORA AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Askjell 4:01
17. "Apple Tree" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes 3:08
18. "The Seed" AURORA, Nicolas Rebscher, Michelle Leonard AURORA, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Askjell 4:26
19. "Mothership" AURORA, Askjell AURORA, Askjell 2:16
20. "Exist for Love" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Roberts Glen Joseph AURORA, Magnus Skylstad 4:14
21. "The River (Live At J-WAVE(81.3FM))" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes - 3:43
Total Time: 77:11

Possible outtakes[edit | edit source]

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) 191
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) 7

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • AURORA said the album would have 11 songs[11] but later she confirmed in an interview she changed it.[12]
    • She then confirmed on July 22, 2018 the album would have 8 songs. [13]
  • The songs on the album address issues such as domestic abuse, global warming, connection/connectivity, and fear of intimacy.
  • The songs are mostly piano-driven with some harp touches. Overall, the initial goal was to use organic instruments.
  • AURORA once said that she wanted to include some of her old songs[14] and that she wanted to put a song that includes her native language.
  • Her favorite song on the album is the the title track.
  • She also stated in an interview in 2017 that she didn't know whether "Feeling," "In Bottles,"and "Soft Universe" would be on the album since she had recorded many songs and it was hard enough to choose the ones that will make to it.[15]
  • AURORA wrote 40 songs for the album and chose the best of them. [16]
  • It was originally expected to be released in 2017.
  • "Animal" was originally going to be 2nd single, but ended up being held for A Different Kind of Human - Step 2.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbPg6B2nhG8
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbPg6B2nhG8
  3. https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/forgotten-love-single/1423402736
  4. https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/music/aurora-interview-i-want-to-fight-for-everything-that-can-t-fight-for-itself-a3831146.html
  5. https://jenesaispop.com/2018/04/17/327078/aurora-adelanta-disco-queendom-busca-sea-lugar-todos/
  6. https://capricho.abril.com.br/famosos/aurora-fez-um-show-mistico-e-cheio-de-amor-no-lollapalooza-2018/
  7. http://www.idolator.com/7678380/coachella-2018-aurora-interview-queendom-sophomore-lp?firefox=1
  8. https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/ywxym5/norway-aurora-watch-queendom-music-video
  9. https://www.nme.com/news/music/aurora-infections-of-a-different-kind-step-1-new-album-interview-2384198
  10. http://www.liveinlimbo.com/2018/06/04/interviews/an-interview-with-aurora.html
  11. http://www.idolator.com/7678380/coachella-2018-aurora-interview-queendom-sophomore-lp?view-all&firefox=1
  12. http://www.liveinlimbo.com/2018/06/04/interviews/an-interview-with-aurora.html
  13. https://www.nopartynodisco.com/single-post/2018/07/25/INTERVIEW-AURORA
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGRv-zHlXjY&feature=youtu.be
  15. https://capricho.abril.com.br/famosos/aurora-sobre-tour-no-brasil-vou-testar-cancoes-mais-intimistas/
  16. https://www.lofficielusa.com/music/norwegian-pop-star-aurora
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