Erlend Oye: Legao (Bubbles)

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Erlend Oye: Bad Guy Now
Erlend Oye: Legao (Bubbles)

So here's how it goes in my Elsewhere world. A few months ago a friend was in Berlin somewhere, saw this guy Erlend Oye and his band, loved it, mentioned Elsewhere to the merchandising person after the gig and . . .

Subsequently this CD showed up.

"Clearly he seeks world domination," said my pal when I told him.

I also told him . . . err, yes, Elsewhere was actually aware of Mr Oye because he was The Whitest Boy Alive and we'd reviewed two of his/their albums here.

All my pal's references -- Boz Scaggs, reggae, minimalism etc -- we cited  . . . but he also said of the live show, "a Norwegian Paul Kelly?", a Roger McGuinn on six string . . .

He also noted he was the oldest man in the audience.

So clearly Oye -- who was also in Kings of Convenience (remember their album Quiet is the New Loud which was announcing the Next Big Movement back in the day?) -- is getting a name among Euro-hipsters.

I hear a kind of folksy, acoustic, hurt-heart Belle and Sebastian/Sneaky Feelings in places, lotsa nice songs which don't really grip, really lovely melodies that Lloyd Cole would appreciate . . .

Not always guitar-driven, and the piano ballads are among the best. Although I am increasingly unforgiving of that reggae thing.

But by golly can he enunciate in a way that few manage. Every word crystal-clear . . . and that's the Scandinavian education system for you.

They should be down here giving elecution lessons. Thaddabe-awesum, bro'.


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Jos - Dec 8, 2014

I like this guy, the swirly organ is nice too. I did not realize he was the whitest boy, makes sense now. :)

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