Articles tagged norway

17 Jun 2015 // 2:15 AM

Jaga Jazzist: Starfire

Starfire's Daft Punk-style synth lines scattered inside bold big-band arrangements affirm Jaga Jazzist’s command of style, but confirms the price of crossover success.

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17 Jun 2015 // 2:10 AM

Arcturus: Arcturian

The veteran avant-prog band returns with a release that doesn't always live up to its potential but is still better than half of what you streamed this morning.

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Per Petterson’s Tales of Innocence and Experience

Petterson's closely-knit stories sadly and beautifully reveal the passage from boyish innocence to "manhood", and show us what it means to be a man.

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Sondre Lerche - “Sentimentalist” (audio)

"Sentimentalist", the stunning, emotionally wrenching centerpiece to Sondre Lerche's forthcoming pop masterpiece Please, is available to stream through Brooklyn Vegan.

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22 May 2013 // 11:06 PM

Shining: One One One

Shining have followed up its career-defining masterwork, Blackjazz, with the exuberant One One One, which takes its unparalleled sonic and places it within the framework of the pop album.

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Deleted Waveform Gatherings: Pretty Escape

The ambition of Pretty Escape is admirable, it but also reveals a gap between what the band is and what they seem to want to be.

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Ane Brun: It All Starts With One

The Norwegian's new album might be remembered as the moment she took her seriousness a step too far.

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‘Trollhunter’: The Challenges of Keeping a Giant Secret

The striking troll effects are a technical achievement, but the characters only generate mild interest.

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Something Real: An Interview with Thomas Dybdahl

The Norwegian folk singer has been dodging Nick Drake comparisons all his life, but now, with his first-ever US release (despite a ton of albums to his name), Thomas Dybdahl feels like he's breaking through for the first time ...

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18 Jan 2011 // 9:59 PM

Supersilent: 10

Improvised soundscapes from a group impressively in sync, in a more somber setting than usual.

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Motorpsycho: Heavy Metal Fruit

What if Spinal Tap's Jazz Odyssey was actually superb?

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15 Jun 2010 // 9:00 AM

20 Questions: Casiokids

Norway's latest dance-pop export has songs so catchy, they don't even feel they need to re-record their tracks in English to appeal to US listeners, and as this 20 Questions reveals, a love of all things Woody Allen, a penchant for stealing keyboards, and a wish to travel to Greece are just part of what drives this fascinating, delightful breaking band ...

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by:Larm 2009: Hot Music from the Frost-Bitten North

Despite the cold conditions and snow-filled streets, Scandinavia’s premier music festival was a warm and welcoming affair, affording time to not only see some top notch music, but also explore Oslo as well.

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In Cod We Trust & Magic Bus

Where else in the world can one find a town called Hell, a German U-Boat-turned-bowling alley, and Vinmonopolet, government-run wine and liquor stores?

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26 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Frigg: Economy Class

The musicians in Frigg shoot along in tandem, rather than slide eelishly around one another in interlacing patterns, as the members of some other Nordic groups do.

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By:Larm 2008: Pining For the Fjords

PopMatters surveys the smorgasbord of Scandinavian pop, metal and everything in between at the by:Larm Festival in Oslo, Norway. Great music, splendid weather, $12 beers and lots of hot dogs later, we emerge already looking forward to next year.

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13 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Datarock: Datarock Datarock

Two years later, the US finally gets to join the Datarock party.

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13 Apr 2007 // 2:00 AM

120 Days

Though they're national-award winners in Norway, and presumably professionals, 120 Days seemed surprised/insulted by Philly's inattention. What did they expect, us awaiting their arrival with bated breath?

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Country Fried Rock: Drivin' N' Cryin' to Be Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

// Sound Affects

""If Drivin' N' Cryin' sounded as good in the '80s as we do now, we could have been as big as Cinderella." -- Kevn Kinney

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