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(en.wikipedia.org) Karin Park is a Swedish-born artist who lives in Djura, Sweden and London, England.

Karin Park debuted in 2003 with her single Superworldunknown, and the album of the same name. She was nominated for the 2003 Spellemannprisen award in the categories Newcomer of the Year and Best Female Pop Artist, and was awarded the 2004 Alarmprisen award Lydverketprisen for Newcomer of the Year.

After the release of Karin Park's second album Change Your Mind (2006) Karin Park's music developed in a new darker and more beat and synth-based direction.

Karin's third album, Ashes To Gold (2009) was produced by Fredrik Saroea, frontman of the Norwegian electro band Datarock.

Subsequently, Karin and her brother David Park have continued to develop electro-driven/industrial music with a more experimental sound.

In 2010, Karin Park signed a record deal with Portsmouth-based label State Of The Eye.

Together with his brother David Park and Barry Barnet, producer from Portsmouth, she laid out the grounds for their fourth album, Highwire Poetry, which Karin Park then took to the Swedish producer Christoffer Berg (known for his work with The Knife, Fever Ray, Massive Attack and Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano) who finally produced and mixed the album in 2011.

Highwire Poetry (2012) was well received in England, Germany, Norway and France, where it was first released. Sound wise Karin has been described with several often conversely characteristics such as "electro-analog", "neo-retro" or "industrial-pop". Karin Park's new musical direction has also been compared with Fad Gadget, Gary Numan (as Karin Park also toured with), Depeche Mode and The Knife. Karin Park's distinctive voice has also been compared with Karin Dreijer-Anderssons and Björks.

Karin Park also works as a model. She has also done the soundtracks, and played a role in the Norwegian film skjult (2009).

(http://www.depechemode.de/karin-park-highwire-poetry-16805/) Karin Park ist gerade mal 25 Jahre alt, hat aber musikalisch schon eine ganz schöne Entwicklung hinter sich. Geboren in Djura, einer abgelegenen Ecke Schwedens, mit 16 Jahren nach Norwegen ausgewandert, mit 17 bereits das Debütalbum „Superunknown“ (2004) und mit der gleichnamigen Single einen Riesenhit in Norwegen abgeliefert. Damals klang die junge Frau aber noch ganz anders, akustische Instrumente, weitgehend radiofreundlicher Pop. Doch spätestens mit Album Nummer Drei („Ashes To Gold“, 2009) hatten sich die Prioritäten deutlich Richtung elektronischer Popmusik verschoben. Kein Wunder, wenn man, wie die Künstlerin, Gary Numan und Depeche Mode als Einflüsse nennt.

Nun also bereits das vierte Album, und endlich bekommt man Karin Park auch hier mal zu hören und sehen (sie war zuletzt mit The Ting Tings, Marina and the Diamonds, SBTRKT und Azari & III unterwegs). Mit Barry Barnett und Christoffer Berg aufgenommen, besticht „Highwire Poetry“ durch einen dichten elektronischen Sound, der dem Pop nicht aus dem Weg geht, aber gern auch mal experimentelle Wege einschlägt. Dazu die markante Stimme Parks, die zwischen Karin Dreijer-Andersson (The Knife, Fever Ray), Björk und Robyn gerade noch Platz hat.