Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Whitest Boy Alive-Dreams(2006)

"It's Champion and House Band are Obligated Comply."

Is a musical group based in Berlin. The band comprises singer/guitarist Erlend Øye, bassist Marcin Öz, drummer Sebastian Maschat, and Daniel Nentwig on Rhodes piano & Crumar. They started as an electronic dance music project in 2003 in Berlin, but have since slowly developed into a band with no programmed elements. Bubbles is their German record label.

Their debut album Dreams was released on June 21, 2006 in Germany. In July 2007, Phil Hutcheon of Modular Records signed them to their UK imprint and the band played their first UK performance with New Young Pony Club at The Astoria in September 2007. The album was released in the UK with the single Burning in November 2007.

Still one half of Kings of Convenience but perhaps best known for his Royksopp links, Norway’s Erlend Øye continues to straddle the electronic/acoustic fence with no obvious signs of discomfort.

This latest collaboration, with Berlin DJ Marcin Oez, started off as a dance project but eventually mutated into emotive rock; a sort of beefier, less folky KoC. The songwriting still oozes quality, although Oez’s basslines are often so Cure-like that Øye's gentle vocals sound almost out of place. He’s anything but a screamer.

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