Home > Entertainment > Music
  print button email button

Friday, March 10, 2006



Kings of Convenience

In 2001, when Kings of Convenience's first album was released (the near-perfect "Quiet is the New Loud"), it was almost an antidote to the humorless introspection of their contemporaries: the teen angst of Dashboard Confessional, the poetic depression of Elliot Smith, and politely existential Britpop groups like Travis.

Norway's KoC make coffee-house music. Not the emotionally or politically "revolutionary" stuff often associated with cafe society; rather music to literally complement a coffee -- relaxing, hopeful and wry.

In retrospect, their hopefulness, intelligence and gentle humor connects them to the current disorganized folk movement; Sufjan Stevens and Joanna Newsom have a similar disposition and have also found a wider (and dedicated) audience.

From the classic pop canon, KoC have a resemblance to Simon and Garfunkel. Erland Oye and Eirik Glambek Boe's precise harmonization and melodies sung over finger-picked acoustic guitars recall the Sunday afternoon nap in S&G's "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright," while lyrically, KoC's songs are full of the ironic anomie of S&G's "The Dangling Conversation." But they are no mere tribute; few are capable of producing such winsome folk and instantly hummable melodies.

Their two Japan shows will be just the two of them with acoustic guitars and piano; no accompanying band and no hint of Oye's electronic side. There is also no new album to promote (their last was 2004's "Riot on an Empty Street"); it will just be two masters in a form they do best.

Kings of Convenience: March 10, 7 p.m. at Shinsaibashi Club Quattro, Osaka, [(06) 6281 8181] and March 12, 7 p.m. at Shibuya Club Quattro, Tokyo [(03) 3477 8750]. All shows 5,500 yen in advance.

Back to Top

About us |  Work for us |  Contact us |  Privacy policy |  Link policy |  Registration FAQ
Advertise in japantimes.co.jp.
This site has been optimized for modern browsers. Please make sure that Javascript is enabled in your browser's preferences.
The Japan Times Ltd. All rights reserved.