23 October 2009

BLOGTOBER 2009: Music Reviews (17 of 22) Kings of Convenience, Declaration of Dependence

Declaration of Dependence, the latest from Kings of Convenience, Norway's favorite indie folk-pop duo, hit stores this week.

The track, Boat Behind (video above), gives some idea of their style. They make excellent use of strings, an acoustic bass, on that track. There's a nicely executed organic feel to the whole project, and their voices blend perfectly. Two part harmonies that sound this effortless are rare to come by. Mrs. Cold is another fine track, all the elements work together really well.

This sort of pop is easy to get wrong, these Norsemen manage to keep it simple, and simply beautiful. Their style is extremely economical, nothing is wasted, there's no fat, just the good stuff (I'll try and do the same with my review, in sum, the whole album is full of good stuff, if either video appeals, you'll like the rest of it).

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