Next to Now - Music for short film

by Marte Røyeng

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NEXT TO NOW is an art project (song, music, text and animated film) about the struggle of coming to terms with the shifts and changes happening in a world facing ecological crisis.

Music composed by Marte Røyeng
Lyrics by Marte Røyeng


I can’t feel my pulse
I don’t know if I cope
I don’t see any fault
I don’t know if I hope
I am weak in the end
should take blows
not just bend
I should tear down to mend
should move on to send
myself away from
for the shift to come
it is upon me
where I stand

frozen from a coming storm
counting down not counting on
painting around my eyes with smoke
water turning dark as coal
as I clean the brush between the strokes
and wonder how our tale will be told
it is upon me
where I am
standing by beside the line
standing numb in my own time
will I soon see seasons die
while standing next to now
next to now


released February 18, 2016
Jørgen Apeness: vibraphone, Aleksander Tiedemann: drums, Nelly Marie Hansen: flute, Jenny Berger Myhre: Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, Jakob Kippersund Nesdal: trombone, Rolf Mørck: trumpet, Eivind Strømstad: banjo, Tone Jordal Tollaas: violin, Kristiane Soo Flydal: viola, Kari Nesdal Sandnes: cello, Torkjell Hovland: double bass, Bård Thorstensen: piano, Marte Røyeng: vocals

Recorded & mixed at Lydborgen by Guilherme Schmidt Camara



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Marte Røyeng Oslo, Norway

Norwegian singer, songwriter & composer.

Marte Røyeng’s debut «No One EP» is produced by acclaimed artist, songwriter and producer Thom Hell. Her songwriting often varies between the bluntly emotional to the intelligent and witty, always leaving the sense of being inviting, yet somewhat secretive.

Photo by Sara Angelica Spilling
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