Who: Kings Of Convenience
What: the intersection of singer-songwriter meets indie meets folk meets pop and none of them have the right of way.
When: year of origin 2001
Sounds Like: Simon Garfunkel meets Jack Johnson for the modern world
Well it would be very untrue to say that Kings Of Convenience are new or for that matter undiscovered but to me this duo was a huge pleasurable find. Originating from the land of Norway, Erlend Oye and Eirik Glambek Boe are more than just a musical duo. With a friendship that dates back to their school days the duo clearly understand each other musically with an intertwined layered vocal harmonies supplemented by their ultra smooth melodic twin acoustic guitar work.
Kings of Convenience have only released three original studio albums since 2001. They include the oxymoronic titles of Quiet Is The New Loud, 2004’s Riot On An Empty Street and 2009’s Declaration Of Dependence with rumors that they are in the process of recording a long overdue album. These clever paradox album titles carry over to some of their lyrical content only adding to their delightful musical escapades.
Oye and Boe are by no means a super cool duo but their singer songwriter influences made for a modern world only adds credence to their musical motifs. Focusing on substance versus style, Kings Of Convenience are living proof that it is hip to be square and still be cool cats. They recently toured this year playing all new songs to get fan input on their upcoming tentatively titled album The Unrecorded Record which is just additional proof that they just go against the flow. If it delivers like their past recordings then the wait of 7 plus years will be worth every day.
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