Margaret Berger - Human RaceLooking like Game Of Thrones dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen preparing to preparing to seize control the seven kingdoms via the medium of slightly sinister electro-pop, Nordic diva Margaret Berger delivered one of the clear highlights of Eurovision 2013 with her song ‘I Feed You My Love‘, which broke Norway’s run of bad luck since their 2009 win and finished in a highly respectable 4th place. Since then the song has given Berger some much-deserved exposure in Europe, entering the top 40 in Germany (24), Switzerland (26), Sweden (33) and Denmark (36), in addition to a top 5 placing in her home country.

Now she’s hoping to build on the momentum of that song with new single ‘Human Race’. It has a lighter touch than her Eurovision entry, replacing the crashing Depeche Mode-esque backing with a cooler 80s dance sheen. There are definite Robyn vibes, particularly with the ‘dancing through heartbreak’ vibe and Berger’s urgent but airy vocals.  The lyric video was premiered today, attracting over 10,000 views in less than 24 hours.

Berger first came to prominence on the Norwegian version of Pop Idol, where she was the runner-up in the second season. She released two critically acclaimed albums, Chameleon (2004) and Pretty Scary Silver Fairy (2006), achieving modest success in her homeland. The latter is a particular hidden gem, right up there with Robyn and Anniemal in terms of essential mid-00s Scandipop albums. Two singles were released, ‘Samantha‘ and ‘Will You Remember Me Tomorrow‘ both top twenty hits in her home country but shamefully slept on in the rest of the world.

Berger’s third album Chastisement is expected to be released later in 2013. The lyric video to ‘Human Race’ can be seen below:

Update: Human Race has been released to UK iTunes, which is nice. Go buy it.