Have You Heard: Kings of Convenience

In Norway on September 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm

We’re going to stay in Scandinavia this week, with the charming indie pop duo Kings of Convenience. Childhood friends Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe have been creating music together since their teenage years in the band Skog, though they didn’t find success until their debut album as the Kings of Convenience, 2001’s Quiet Is the New Loud. They are set to release their third studio album, Declaration of Dependence, on October 20; it is their first album in five years. The lead single is titled “Boat Behind”, and several songs on the new record feature Canadian indie songstress Leslie Feist on back-up vocals.

The band emphasizes subdued vocals, lush instrumentation, and hyper-literate lyrics. Often described as Norway’s answer to Simon & Garfunkel, the duo blends the aesthetics of early Belle & Sebastian with their own bossa nova influenced folk. Songs range from quiet and introspective (“Homesick”, “Parallel Lines”) to more poppy and upbeat (“I’d Rather Dance With You”, “Love is No Big Truth”). If “Boat Behind” is indicative of the rest of their latest album, they’re not planning on making any new or radical changes to their tried-and-true formula. The acoustic guitars are once again in the foreground, and the elegant harmonies and orchestral flourishes remain firmly intact.


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