Melantopia is Norwegian producer and songwriter Jarl Aanestad. Melantopia studied music at the university of Oslo before moving on to produce and write for scandinavian artists like Highasakite, Karpe Diem, Samsaya, Joddski, Morten Abel, Lilyjets and The Micropops. He has also worked with international artists and writers Tove Lo, Troye Sivan, Aanysa, Citizen Four, Harletson, Delacey and many more.
Melantopia´s first album release, Norwegian Summers, was inspired by his longing for the nature and light of his dear native country of Norway. Fjords, mountains, snow, frosty mornings and also from childhood memories of holidays spent in a wooden cabin deep in the mountains of Tuddal in Telemark.
The name Norwegian Summers hints at a hope for something rare and unpredictable, something that might leave you broken and disappointed, but that might also fill you with light, warmth and joy, like the Norwegian summer. 4 tunes from the album will be featured in the TV series "Svalbard minutt for minutt", airing on NRK in february 2020.
The new album "Dark Canyon" will also be out on Sept 13 2019. Singles "Canyon Nights" and "Bears Ears" from the album will be released on Aug 9th and 30th.
Musically Melantopia is inspired by Tycho, Diplo, Flume, Tove Lo, Røyksopp, Lindstrøm, Highasakite, Grieg, Norwegian national romantic composers, Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, Yes, the beauty of nature, deserts and mountains.