5/28/09

Bygdin! - hugvekjandi synth lótir úr Noregi

Skal her stutt gera vart við eina tónlistarliga síðuverkætlan, ið tangentleikarin og trummuleikarin úr eminenta norska synth rock/shoegaze bólkinum 120 Days standa aftanfyri. Teir báðir eita Kjetil Ovesen & Arne Schröder Stöy Kvalvik og heitið á síðuverkætlanini er nakað so genialt sum Bygdin (!) Heitini á løgunum eru so vítt eg dugi at síggja ymisk staðarnøvn í Noregi. Stuttligt.

120 Days er ein superbt góður bólkur, og tí er Bygdin áhugavert. Bygdin er tó meira dronandi og loop orienterað enn 120 Days. Havi ikki reiðiliga gjørt upp við meg sjálvan, hvørt tað er líka feitt, men tað er í øllum førum spennandi og eitt sindur krautrockut. Sum helst kemst av at tað eru trummarin og tangentmaðurin, ið standa aftanfyri tónleikin.

Krautrock tendensir eru altíð kærkomnir. Tað var gamalt. Tó at krautrockskar løtur hómast, er desideraði rockurin (tann við gittar og manér) settur til viks, og eru vit ístaðin í einum yvirhøvur elektroniskt treytaðum heimi. Onkra løtuna næstan techno kent. Tíðum yviri í ambient landsløgum. Gjøgnumgangandi dentur verður lagdur á tað atmosferiska, tað er vist.

Her skal ikki roksast so nógv afturat, annað enn at til ber at lurta eftir nøkrum løgum á myspace hjá Bygdin...og so skal tað líka skoytast uppí, at tað er mestsum ógjørligt at fara lort í býin um ein vitjar inni á myspace hjá 120 Days

5/7/09

What a beautiful pop song

Not a wordy post this time. Just a little bit amazed by this beautiful song by Bat For Lashes called "Daniel".
The singer/brain/songwriter in Bat For Lashes is a girl from Brighton, England called Natasha Khan. She's talented. Her first album was called Fur And Gold (2006) and included brilliant tracks like "What's a girl to do" and "Prescilla".
"Daniel" is the first single from her 2nd album Two Suns released last month (april that is). On the cover of the single release for "Daniel" she's on a beach with a drawing/tattoo of Daniel "Karate Kid" Larusso (played by Ralph Macchio) on her back:
I loved that movie "Karate Kid" when I was a kid. 7 years old or something like that. I had these action figures of the Karate Kid & Mr Miyagi. Really poorly made plastic figures but I didn't care since the movie was so great. That final kick scene will never be forgotten.
I remember once when the movie was going to be on TV and there was a power blackout for hours, but luckily the power came back just before the movie was supposed to start. That made me very happy.
Anyways, Natasha must have been about my age back when "Karate Kid" sparked the imagination of kids around the world, and it's likely that she's singing about him in this song "Daniel". Maybe it's a love song. Who knows? It's easy to imagine that a lot of girls back then were secretly in love with Daniel (while the boys wanted to be him!)
Here's a wonderful performance from the David Letterman Show. With some funny deadpan Letterman monologue in the beginning:



Have a listen to the recorded version of "Daniel" and other songs at the Bat For Lashes myspace page