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ARTIST
TITLE
Legao
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
BUBBLES 005LP BUBBLES 005LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/14/2014

LP version. Erlend Øye is a skinny nerd, but maybe that's what makes him a pop star. His huge thick spectacle-lenses act as an interface between his inner life and his numerous collaborators and fans. Erlend Øye is a travelling singer-songwriter who has been making music in various constellations since the late '90s. He sang for Röyksopp, while his own bands are Kings Of Convenience and The Whitest Boy Alive, who recently split up. A laid-back, everyday vibe runs through Erlend Øye's music. Erlend is not larger than life, at the most his songs may be. The pop star from next-door doesn't make any drama, but leaves that to life itself. His relaxed, laid back sound opens your eyes and ears for places, situations and encounters. A certain mournfulness runs through the songs, although they deal with a longing for self-fulfillment. Erlend sings of loneliness, and in doing so, he creates a "we." Until now, Erlend's projects have often been based on simple concepts -- two guitars and two vocals with Kings Of Convenience, and four instruments with The Whitest Boy Alive. With his new solo album he frees himself of these parameters; for the first time, everything is possible, for the first time Erlend Øye stands alone. The songs on Legao were arranged and recorded with the Icelandic reggae band Hjálmar. The magic of Legao lies in the fact that Erlend's vulnerable vocals and his sincere lyrics are supported by the elegance and consistency of the band. Today, roughness is often used to counterbalance roughness, whereas on Legao, equilibrium is sought -- and found. A simplicity, clarity and minimalism is created that is rarely found in pop music. Erlend Øye has grown up. He accomplishes nothing less than the step towards an independent, free-standing solo musician, who can perform in any constellation -- with a band, orchestra or alone with a guitar.