Traditionally, the golden hour marks either the first hour of light after sunrise or the last hour of light before sunset.
In both cases, it heralds a change. Representing another new dawn, global superstar, producer and DJ, Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll – a.k.a Kygo, has today released his aptly-titled third full-length album Golden Hour.
The album features 18 songs including previously released singles “The Truth” with Valerie Broussard, “Lose Somebody” with OneRepublic, “Freedom” with Zak Abel, “I’ll Wait” with Sasha Sloan, “Like It Is” with Zara Larsson and Tyga, and “Higher Love” with Whitney Houston, the latter of which has more than 651 million audio and video streams combined and charted at No.2 on the UK chart. Full album tracklisting below. Kygo kicked off his album release day with performances of “Lose Somebody” with OneRepublic and “The Truth” with Valerie Broussard on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series.
During 2018, Kygo began to assemble what would become Golden Hour between a marathon of touring. While writing music throughout the year, he simultaneously partnered with Sony to launch his own label and management company, Palm Tree Records. Taking an active role in signing and promoting artists, songwriters, and producers, he hit his stride in the studio alongside Palm Tree talent, including Petey, Nick Furlong, Valerie Broussard, and Dreamlab. This “family” approach added a new dimension to the process.
“I was fortunate enough to work with some of my favourite artists and writers on Golden Hour,” said Kygo. “There are quite a few songs on the album where I had the chance to collaborate with our team. These are artists I believe in. Working with some of my favourite up-and-coming musicians really made these songs special for the album.”
Golden Hour also sees Kygo’s genre-breaking vision come to life. His single “Like It Is” with Zara Larsson and Tyga spotlighted co-production by Petey and represented another progression by incorporating hip-hop verses. Kygo’s melodies, airy drums, and delicate piano locked into a match made in heaven with Zara Larsson’s voice as Tyga turned up on a nimbly rhymed cameo. On its heels, he reunited with Sasha Sloan for the soulful tropical house anthem “I’ll Wait.” Elsewhere, “Freedom” with Zak Abel elevated his signature sound with a steeple-size vocal performance from Abel. Valerie Broussard lent her voice to “The Truth” and “Don’t Give Up On Me,” and Nick Furlong co-wrote “Someday” and “Say You Will.” These 18 songs illuminate the scope of Kygo’s creativity and the bold breaking light of Golden Hour.
“With every album or next song I’m working on, I always try pushing myself to evolve and experiment with new ideas,” he goes on. “I couldn’t be more proud of these 18 songs. It was really hard to narrow the final tracklist to just 18. The album has a few songs that are more up-tempo than my earlier albums, but still have the classic ‘Kygo’ sound.”
Kygo will perform Golden Hour in its entirety during his virtual Golden Hour Festival presented in partnership with live streaming entertainment leader LiveXLive and Palm Tree Crew today at 4PM ET. The event will be broadcasted on Kygo’s YouTube channel powered by LiveXLive. Click HERE to set a reminder. Fans can also watch on @KygoMusic and @LiveXLive social channels including Twitch, TikTok and Facebook, as well as on LiveXLive’s apps and website.
Kygo has also partnered with Calm, the No. 1 app for sleep, meditation and relaxation, to create a custom 60-minute “Golden Hour” mix exclusively available on the platform. The special release, which is coming soon, will include instrumentals and remixes from Golden Hour and past projects, as well as relaxing piano segments.
See complete tracklist for Golden Hour below:
1. The Truth w/ Valerie Broussard
2. Lose Somebody w/ OneRepublic
3. Feels Like Forever w/ Jamie N Commons
4. Freedom w/ Zak Abel
5. Beautiful w/ Sandro Cavazza
6. To Die For w/ St. Lundi
7. Broken Glass w/ Kim Petras
8. How Would I Know w/ Oh Wonder
9. Could You Love Me w/ Dreamlab
10. Higher Love w/ Whitney Houston
11. I’ll Wait w/ Sasha Sloan
12. Don’t Give Up On Love w/ Sam Tinnesz
13. Say You Will w/ Patrick Droney and Petey
14. Follow w/ Joe Janiak
15. Like It Is w/ Zara Larsson and Tyga
16. Someday w/ Zac Brown
17. Hurting w/ Rhys Lewis
18. Only Us w/ Haux