ANCHOR - Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award
A complex voice, a strong character: Monica Engeseth, alias Moyka, belongs to a generation of young Scandinavian musicians who are terrifically headstrong in bringing their talent to the stage. The Norwegian wrote her first song at the age of ten, and later moved from her childhood home, the idyllic Hallingdal, to the coastal city of Bergen to study music production. Moyka has not only embraced and incorporated songs from pop to alternative, from Robyn to alt-j, but the 21 year old also knows how compositions work. Not the worst qualifications for a newcomer!
Moyka's vocals fuel darkly euphoric electropop arrangements as well as intimate acoustic versions of her songs. Her voice calms with dark intensity, accelerates in an excitingly casual way, and rises full of fragile longing. Her current ep “circles”, created together with her artistic partner Eirik hella, is full of examples. "I love when it hurts”, sings Moyka in her haunting hit “colder”: an artist who has understood that pain is inherent in beauty. And vice versa.