Keith Birthday’s voice possesses a quivering vibrato that plays well with Norwegian Arms‘ lo-fi experimental folk-pop. That being said, this band features a similar uncivilized nature as that of Animal Collective and tUnE-YarDs. There’s something wild and earthly about them, organic and unrefined. And that’s what makes a band like Norwegian Arms good — they’re a bit unexpected.
Listen to “Te Mando Un Beso” and you’ll be a bit stunned at the common-place-ness to the song, and I’d argue that, though good, this is not where Norwegian Arms is at their best. No, their best is a bit more off-kilter. Songs like “Run! Ran! Run! Rah!” and “Jitterbug” are bizarre yet oh so good. Featuring a ukulele and a thumping tribal drum beat, these songs are outright mystical.
Norwegian Arms has made their entire collection of work available for free download on their bandcamp page.
Download: “Run! Ran! Run! Rah!” by Norwegian Arms
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Download: “Jitterbug” by Norwegian Arms