Today, Norwegian-born, Los Angeles-based electronic duo Lemaitre unveiled the latest in their series of collaborations with other expatriates now based in L.A. – “Rocket Girl” featuring Australia’s Betty Who. The exuberant, anthemic track has been tapped as the theme song for X Games Norway, which will take place May 16-20 in Oslo. Lemaitre will give “Rocket Girl” its live debut during their four-song set at the X Games Norway finals on May 19, which will be broadcast on ESPN in America.
“We had this banger of an instrumental laying around and didn’t really know what to do with it, until we got in the studio with some other writer friends – Alexander Pavelich, Dagny Norvoll Sandvik and Sebastian Teigen,” said Ketil Jansen, who founded Lemaitre with fellow producer/songwriter Ulrik Denizou Lund. “We wrote it in a few hours and felt like we’d made hot fire as we wrapped it up. It was very joyful going into the concept of space.
“Having Dagny as a co-writer gave it a female perspective we wouldn’t have been able to dive into on our own. Ulrik and I were so stoked to get Betty Who on the song, with her killer vocals. She is such a fucking badass, a true Rocket Girl.”
“Rocket Girl” follows “Control,” Lemaitre’s collaboration Jerry Folk. The French Shuffle said, “Kicking off with quaint guitar licks and airy elements, Lemaitre’s Control slowly builds with jazz-inspired sounds and easy-going vibes. It’s cool, calm and collected in so many ways, right before bringing you to the brink of steaming energy and summertime noise. This is modern-day music at its best.” Lemaitre recently partnered with director Julian Alexander (Nico & Vinz) and Norwegian visual performance group Quick Style (seen on NBC’s “World of Dance”) to create this vibrant video for “Machine,” the duo’s first single of 2018.
Lemaitre will perform at Sasquatch on May 25 and Austin City Limits Festival in October. Taking their name from Georges Lemaître (a Belgian priest and astronomer known for introducing the Big Bang theory), the duo had a major breakthrough when “The Friendly Sound” – their second-ever release – hit No. 1 on HypeMachine overnight. In early 2012, Lemaitre released the first EP in their Relativity series. Relativity 2 followed in May 2012 and reached No. 1 on the iTunes Electronic chart in the U.S. and Canada. Soon after their song “1:18” was used as in a 2014 ad for the Apple iPhone 5C, Lemaitre signed to Astralwerks and made the move to L.A.
Lemaitre – 2018 Festival Dates
5/25 – Sasquatch Music Festival @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
6/21 – Nordfjordeid, Norway @ Malakoff Festival
8/4 – Roermond, Netherlands @ Solar Weekend Festival
8/9 – Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal @ Meo Sudoeste Festival