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Saturday, September 25, 2021

CD Review: Kings of Convenience

Kings of Convenience

Declaration of Dependence

Virgin/EMI

Rating: 4

The new Kings of Convenience album, brilliantly titled Declaration of Dependence, will go a long way for you if you’re into bands like Feist, Belle and Sebastian and Simon and Garfunkel. The album consists of quiet folk-pop music formed by light layers of bass, cello, viola, acoustic guitars, piano plinks and vocal harmonies between the winsome, whispery vocals of Norwegian duo Erlend Oye and Eirik Glambek Boe.

The melodies are warm and the album radiates with intimate lyrics about a love affair with an ice-princess, the ups and downs of reuniting and occasional references to politics – depending on your own interpretation.

Think of it as a sonic narrative about what we all went through last season, because that’s exactly what it is: a collection of songs with reverberating effects that wraps you up reminiscence and fleece while you’re unwinding from a quiet and somber autumn day.

Give these tracks a listen: “Mrs. Cold” and “Rule My World”

For fans of: Feist, Belle and Sebastian

– Vanna Le

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