New Release Tuesday

Another week has gone by and I’ve decided to go back to my mellow side.  Kings of Convenience is an indie folk-pop duo from Bergen, Norway. Consisting of Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe, the musical group is known for their delightful tunes, placid voices, and intricate and subtle guitar melodies.

Øye and Bøe  have known each other since they met while participating in a geography contest at the age of 10. At sixteen, they played together in the band Skog (“forest”) with two other friends, releasing one EP, Tom Tids Tale, before breaking up and later forming the Kings of Convenience.

The duo then went on to sign with the American label Kindercore after appearing in European festivals during the summer of 1999. While living in London in 2001, they released their debut album Quiet Is the New Loud with Coldplay producer Ken Nelson. The album was very successful and even lent its name to a small movement of musicians in the pop underground (including acoustic contemporaries such as Turin Brakes).

The release of their third studio album Declaration of Independence, is here to offer more of the same atmospheric folk-pop to appease the soul.  The album puts forward free but anecdotic verses as about romance, the band itself, or global politics, depending on your preference.  “Mrs. Cold” one of the two singles uses percussive hand slapping, and is perfectly poised, untruthfully depressing with a ringing lead guitar line repeating like a looped sample.  “Boat Behind”  is a tale about reuniting with a past individual but never belonging to them, which is set over a heavy-hearted violin line.

Enjoy this week’s picks:

Mrs. Cold – Delicate and peaceful song

Boat Behind

To all my readers, please don’t hesitate to leave your feedback in the comments section.  Let’s talk music.  Have a great week!

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