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Trystan: Scandinavian music

March 21, 2010

Something’s afoot here. I’m sure you’ve experienced it before—the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenonbut it doesn’t make it any less surprising when it happens.

I listen to a lot of music. I’m almost always listening, in fact. What I’m generally not aware of is where the artist is from. Some folks can hear the name of a band and BAM, “Oh yeah, they’re from Michigan” or what-have-you. I’m not that guy.

But there’s a handful of bands that I’ve been listening to lately that have suddenly, to me at least, been from Scandinavia. I knew José González was, but that’s about it. I also recently found out The Knife (José covered “Heartbeats”) is also from Sweden—and, in another coincidence—that the lead singer (Karin Dreijer Andersson) is the singer of Fever Ray. I’d just started listening to Fever Ray a month or so ago, and this circle of logical doom blew my mind.

Before I came to Norway, I heard Sondre Lerche on 89.3 The Current and really, really liked him. Turns out he’s from Bergen! Kings of Convenience are also from Bergen. Here’s another: Did you know Röyksopp (I imagine most people will recognize one of these two) is from Tromsø?

A week or two ago I started listening to The Tallest Man On Earth. I’ve been digging him quite a bit, so I did some good ol’ fashioned googlin’ (do you still capitalize that, or has it drifted into common slang by now?). He’s from Sweden! Annie is another artist I came across randomly a few weeks ago. SHE’S FROM BERGEN, TOO. By now I’m starting to get a little aggravated that this is so common, so I end up on Wikipedia (let’s face it, most internet browsing ends up with you stuck for hours digging through Wikipedia). I found this: Bergen Wave. There’s a whole term for this!

I’m not making this up. I didn’t specifically trawl the internet for Scandinavian / Norwegian music. There are a handful of sites that I randomly download music from. The internet is a big place. What are the odds of running across this many Scandinavian artists so recently? At any rate, I’ve realized that Bergen is a huge music scene—I really need to start getting to more shows. I knew it was pretty happenin’ before (I mean, they’ve already had, what, 3 music festivals?), but now it’s getting crazy.

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