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Fredrik Saroea Brings the Strings in Reimaged Old Tracks

By Jaci Jedrych

Fredrik Saroea’s reimagining of his 2021 track, ‘Bulletproof Vest’, brings together the past and present in a delicate balance.

Norwegian guitarist, keyboardist, singer, and songwriter, Fredrik Saroea, has been in the music scene since the early naughts. Best known for his role as frontman in disco-punk band DATAROCK, Saroea’s first solo album Rona Diaries dropped in 2021. He found inspiration in all corners of the musical universe, from “post-rock (The Sea and Cake) via hard-core (Fugazi), noise-rock (U.S. Maple), space-rock (Flying Saucer Attack) and art-rock (Blonde Redhead) to The Smiths’ indie-classics, Sun Kil Moon’s lyrical songwriting and Scott Walker’s ballads.”

His reimagining of Rona Diaries is a recognition of these diverse influences. Alongside the BIT20 Ensemble, his tracks blend seamlessly into the quartet’s music. A divergence from the classical quartet composition, BIT20 uses a harp, which adds a starry quality, piquing the light and ethereal track.

Fans of the Vitamin String Quartet or Midnite String Quartet should check out Fredrik Saroea’s new series of songs. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.

Jaci Jedrych

Jaci Jedrych is a World Politics student at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She loves going to concerts and exploring different genres, and has a passion for arts and news writing.

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