Arthur Kay celebrates Norway’s socialist institutions on moog-heavy new track

While you were lamenting the increasing price of Freddos and persuading your parents to rent The Lion King from Blockbusters again, Arthur Kay was mastering Ray Manzarek’s organ solo on ‘Light My Fire’ – having it nailed by the age of 8. 

Growing up in the trend-driven city of Oslo, at a time when skinny dudes with guitars ruled, Arthur vowed to make Moogs cool again by the time he was 30. Drawing on disparate influences, Arthur channels contempories Thundercat and James Blake one moment and the spirit of Sun Ra the next.

Lead single ‘Holiday Pay’ is a celebration of the Norwegian institution of employers being required by law to pay you a certain percentage of last year’s wages in Summer – a socialist boost we in the UK could really use right now. 

Arthur explains that the concept “is a great example of how socialist ideas work really well in the Norwegian society. Your employer is ordered by law to hold on to 12% of your income through the year, and pay it to you every June, just before the summer holidays start. Forced savings, basically, but without any banks or cash stuffed under mattresses.”

“I consider “Holiday Pay” a modern day workers anthem, a song anybody with a steady job in Norway can relate to. A song that you can shove in your freelancing friends’ faces. They may travel the world on a regular Wednesday, and work from a laptop at a bar in Tokyo in the middle of the night. But if you have a steady job in Norway, you get the holiday pay in June.”

Carrying the torch for fans of galactic jazz music as the front man of Dr. Kay and His Interstellar Tone Scientists, Arthur Kayhas been a prominent figure on the Oslo music scene for a decade, touring with the likes of Norwegian rapper Ivan Ave.


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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