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Indie Pop-Folk with a soul!

debut album sUMMER 2017

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“They say lightning never strikes the same place twice…” unless, of course, you are We Are The Northern Lights, the self-proclaimed “accidental passion project” of indie pop-folk duo Hadar Orshalimy and Sheldon Low. With a sound defined by tight harmonies, melodic hooks and personal lyrics WATNL draws comparisons to The Lumineers and The Civil Wars. But having already garnered their second placement in film and television less than a year after the project's creation, and preparing to release their debut album in the spring of 2017, it’s hard to imagine anything about WATNL being “accidental.”

Growing up 6,000 miles apart, that they even met is a minor miracle. Hadar was serving in the Israeli Defense Forces training soldiers how to clean up in case of a nuclear, biological or chemical attack, and Sheldon was on his way to becoming a Jewish rock musician after a short career in engineering. The couple decided to move to NYC to each pursue independent solo music careers.  

“We lived and wrote together, but most weekends I’d be in one city performing Jewish rock, and she’d be in another city, singing secular pop,” recalls Sheldon.   It wasn’t until their song “Take Me Home” (produced by Robopop) was placed in the feature film “Beneath” (directed by Ben Ketai), that the two ever considered a joint project.

“For the first time, we tried writing music for us and about us and a full album just came pouring out,” explains Sheldon.  Within a few days, the unnamed duo debuted some of the songs at one of Sheldon’s gigs in Anchorage, AK and the band settled on their name.  

Upon returning to New York, WATNL began performing in local NYC venues such as The Bitter End, Arlene’s Grocery, and Sidewalk Café.  In August of 2016, the duo retreated to a cabin in the forest near Ithaca, NY, where they recorded “I’m Still Here” for a feature in the Crackle series “Startup” starring Adam Brody and Martin Freeman.

“Sometimes it’s hardest to see what’s right under your nose,” shrugs Hadar.  “But the best part of this whole accident is that what we found there, is just us.”

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Debut album - Spring 2017

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“They say lightning never strikes the same place twice…” unless, of course, you are We Are The Northern Lights, the self-proclaimed “accidental passion project” of indie pop-folk duo Hadar Orshalimy and Sheldon Low.  With tight harmonies, melodic hooks and personal lyrics that draw comparisons to The Lumineers and The Civil Wars, as well as two placements in film and television less than a year after WATNL’s creation, it’s hard to imagine anything about the project being “accidental.”
But consider that they grew up 6,000 miles apart and met in a place called Oconomowoc, WI when Hadar was serving in the Israeli Defense Force training soldiers to clean up a nuclear, biological or chemical attack, and Sheldon was on his way to becoming a Jewish rock musician after a short career in engineering. The couple moved to NYC together and began pursuing completely independent solo music careers.  “We lived and wrote together, but most weekends I’d be in one city performing Jewish rock, and she’d be in another city, singing secular pop,” recalls Sheldon.  
It wasn’t until their song “Take Me Home” (produced by Robopop) was placed in the feature film “Beneath” (directed by Ben Ketai), that the two ever considered a joint project.
“For the first time, we tried writing music for us and about us and a full album came pouring out,” explains Sheldon. Within a few days, the unnamed duo debuted some of the songs at one of Sheldon’s gig in Anchorage, AK and the band settled on their name.  
Upon returning to New York, WATNL began performing in local NYC venues such as The Bitter End, Arlene’s Grocery, and Sidewalk Café.  In August of 2016, the duo retreated to a cabin in the forest near Ithaca, NY, where they recorded “I’m Still Here” for a feature in the Crackle series “Startup” starring Adam Brody and Martin Freeman.  They are currently recording their debut album, set for release in the spring of 2017.    
“Sometimes it’s hardest to see what’s write under your nose,” shrugs Hadar.  “But the best part of this whole accident is that what we found there, is just us.”

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FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Attention NARAS Members:

    We Are The Northern Lights debut album "Now or Never" is submitted For Your Consideration for nomination in the 60th Grammy Awards in the Country and Folk categories.  You can listen to full length songs via Spotify or Soundcloud above or the album underneath the liner notes below.

Lightning - Country Duo or Performance

Lightning -  Country Song

Now or Never - Folk Album

     “Now Or Never” is the debut EP from indie pop-folk songwriting duo, We Are The Northern Lights (AKA WATNL). Drawing comparisons to The Civil Wars and The Lumineers, WATNL combines rich harmonies and melodic hooks with personal and honest lyrics. In 2013, songwriting team Hadar Orshalimy and Sheldon Low wrote “Take Me Home,” as their first foray into pop-folk music. The recording, which was performed by Orshalimy and Low, landed in the feature film “Beneath” directed by Ben Ketai and was well received among musicians and executives alike, who encouraged the songwriting team to create more in that style. In Feb 2016, on a songwriting retreat in Hollywood, CA the songwriters began exploring the sound once more and within a few weeks had 10 original songs. That same month, they decided to try out some of the new material at a gig in Anchorage, AK, which would eventually inspire their name. Upon returning to their native NYC, they began performing as a 5 piece band around local NYC venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, Arlene’s Grocery, and Sidewalk Cafe. Then, in July of 2016, the duo ventured to a remote cabin in the Danby State Forest south of Ithaca where they wrote an additional 10 songs in under 4 weeks. They also recorded an acoustic version of “I’m Still Here” which was placed in the Crackle series “Startup” starring Adam Brody and Martin Freeman. Upon returning to NYC, they continued performing but also went into the studio where they recorded 11 songs for their debut release. Those 11 songs were narrowed down to the final 6 song EP, which they named after the fourth track on the album.

“What a journey these songs take us on - lush, huge, dynamic, romantic…” - Sarah Register, Mastering Engineer

Produced by Sheldon Low and Hadar Orshalimy. Mixed by Jack DeBoe. Mastered by Sarah Register. Lead Vocals: Hadar Orshalimy, Sheldon Low Drums and percussion: Damien Bassman Violin: Meg Okura Bass: Mat Fieldes Piano, keyboard, and organ: Michael Bellar Additional drums: Jack DeBoe Background Vocals: Ben Majchrzak, Will Godfred

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FYC

by We Are The Northern Lights

The debut EP showcasing the pop-folk duo's ability to meld personal and deeply honest lyrics with folk, pop, singer/songwriter, and alt-country melodies and hooks which draw comparisons to the Civil Wars and The Lumineers.