Kings of Convenience came out of the heralded and forgotten “New Acoustic Movement” of the early 00’s. From the start, I followed each and every move by the duo. I thought of them as Norway’s own Simon & Garfunkel. Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe were special talents, it was clear to me. I missed out on the opportunity to see them live while living near Seattle in 2002. I figured I’d see them next time. 19 years later, it hasn’t happened yet. Fortunately, there’s been strong album after strong album released in the years since their Kindercore self-titled debut in 2000 debut. Quality over quantity though – there’s been long gaps between albums after the 1st rapid fire releases of the self-titled album, Quiet Is The New Loud, and Versus remix album. In fact, 2021 marks 12 years since 2009’s Declaration of Dependence. Fortunately, the boys have returned with the timely album entitled Peace Or Love. The question was on my mind – would Kings of Convenience continue their winning streak? After a few spins the answer was clear – there is magic in the air.
Part 18 of a series that will run every Friday throughout 2012 as I discuss records that have affected me throughout the years – Flashback Fridays
In the year 2000 I was going through a very personal crisis of conscience. I was doubting the faith I had grown up in and discovering a more spiritual side of myself (seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum). Doubt can begin as a nagging feeling – the feeling that something isn’t quite right. Once that seed is there (it can be compared to the mustard seed, which is impossibly small), it grows and grows until it can no longer be ignored. Eventually I would venture into the unknown – leaving behind everything I had known since the age of 2 (with the exception of a few very dear friends). My soundtrack whilst all of this turmoil was taking place was a bunch of records collectively known at the time as “The New Acoustic Movement”. Continue reading