Itâ€™s about 50 in the office and I had the brilliant idea of wearing flip-flops and a short-sleeve dress shirt today. Damn appendages are freezing off. I can think of a few cures to remove the chill. Sometimes all you need is a little folk-pop; today, I turned to Haakon Ellingsen.
This Norwegian crafts his songs with soft instrumentationâ€”the volume may be light but the use of strings, keys and flute are heavy. The softer side of The Beatles comes through in â€œBounty.â€ But thereâ€™s a lot more behind Ellingsen than that first glimpse.
In some ways Ellingsenâ€™s music has a sound similar that of Kevin Hume, especially in â€œHow Little We Talkâ€¦â€ There is a hint of an Irish jig hidden here, yet it holds true to the Nordic tradition and adds a dose of pop.
It’s definitely worth a listenâ€¦ or five.
This review was originally published July 12, 2007 on the old version of FensePost.
Haakon Ellingsen: Sunshine Girl [mp3]
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