And so to Norway, where musical curiosity seems to flow like spring melts waters off the mountainside. Pixel’s 2012 debut Reminder was a shot of adrenaline with its sprightly alliance between Indie Rock and outward looking jazz. Led by bassist and singer Ellen Wang, Pixel merge knotty jazz compositions with radiophonic vocal choruses that are both catchy and satisfying. This is a band with real bite, bridging the gap between jazz and pop. Drummer Jon Baar doesn’t hold back while trumpeter Jonas Vemoy and saxophonist Harald Lassen multitask as they render rich unison hooks around Wang’s pop ingénue vocals at the service of proper songwriting, all done with a tongue in cheek disposition that is pretty irresistible.