On November 3rd, 2023, Niilas unveiled his fourth album, River Of Noise, via his own label Niilas Music. Already amassing international attention prior to its release, River Of Noise’s first two singles have received extensive support from Stereogum and VICE. The tracks have also earned airtime on both NPR Music and BBC Radio 1. The Norwegian beat-maker’s prior work has gained notoriety, with his debut album Also This Will Change earning him a Norwegian Grammy Award. Niilas is known for his passionately dynamic live performances – previously headlining Munch-museum, appearing on the same bill as Gorillaz at Øyafestivalen 2022, and warming up Spot Festival 2023 for notable beatmakers Caribou and Todd Terje.
River Of Noise is an eclectic mix of organic and electronic music, showcasing Nilas’ prowess as an arranger and producer. He pays homage to his indigenous Sámi heritage and Arctic aesthetics in the album’s music by using recordings from folk instruments – a Norwegian Harding-fiddle and an Iranian Santur. The synthetic elements range from ethereal soundscapes to drum & bass to organic house. The album is transportive, celestial and primordial – ready for the massive sound system of a club or outdoor festival.
Niilas commented on the album: “I’ve tried to completely let go of my own expectations, and rather try to let the immense changes that the world is going through impact my creative direction. Sort of letting the music river run through me. River Of Noise has both conventional club tracks, and some really interesting collaborations with folk-musicians from both Norway (with the Harding-fiddle) and Iran (Santur)“.