ePop029 – Niko Niko!

COVER ART made by Nicola Colton. Read our illustrator interview with Nicola here.

THE BOOKLET is designed by Julia Pax and put together in InDesign by Silja Haddal Mork.

View the booklet.


1. cosy places
2. the last festival of light
3. a lifetime in the sun
4. How I raveiously tipjilted the givious on a sunday morning**
(** only via  bandcamp)

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Track 1, 2 and 4 written by Niko Niko!. Track 3 written by The April Skies. All songs performed by Niko Niko!. Lyrics for “Cosy Places” written by Vilma Sergiūnaitė. Track 4 is only available from http://eardrumspop.bandcamp.com/

Creative Commons License

Track 1, 2 and 4 of this single are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License

Feel free to share it with your friends, play it on your podcast, use it on your mixtape etc, as long as it’s used non-commercially and as long as you do not edit the songs in any way. Please link back to this page if you use it online. Please DO NOT upload the full zip to your own server without our permission. Use a link to our zip instead.



Bergen-based and Norwegian west-coast born singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nickolai Nilsen has previously been in bands such as «Soda Fountain Rag» and «Catastrophes», as well as his own project «Princess Niko». «Niko Niko!» is a fresh solo project with the aim to hunt for and capture a purposeful essence of the perfect pop song. «Niko Niko!» is essentially indie pop fused lightly with elements from folk, 60’s pop, sparkling 70’s guitar rock and of course the occasional cartoon-esque-overdramatic sides of the 80’s..


We have encouraged the single-bands to make a cover version of a song they think deserve more attention. Niko Niko!  has chosen to cover “A Lifetime in the Sun”, originally performed by The April Skies.

Niko Niko! writes this about The April Skies:

I choose to cover The April Skies because I don’t really know any other band that could possibly deserve more recognition and attention than this band.

I started listening to them in 2003, and fell for them right away. The songs held such an unbelievably high standard, in terms of having pop-hooks all throughout a song, supersmart and precise lyrics and smart classic arrangement. A singer with a wonderful voice who could go from a most sincere soft angel voice in one song to a strong determined rock voice in another song – the specter of his expressions of singing was astounding. A guitarist who masterfully and delicately arranged the guitar parts and instrumental parts for the songs, and who could match the best guitar players and easily outdo them in terms of having good taste, a popheart and never play a note more than necessary to fit a song.

Today, I cannot even fathom how my music would sound like without the inspiration from this band. It is undeniable that this is one of the bands that shaped me and my music the most in my later days, especially when it comes to reaching and stretching the best you can to find what you’re looking for.



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