Friday, October 12, 2012

pop*eye...Dylan Mondegreen (2012)


from Norway

Dylan Mondegreen
Dylan Mondegreen (2012)

*I proud to highly

Dylan Mondegreen is a pseudonym for the Norwegian recording artist Børge Sildnes. Børge has been releasing quality music since the mid-2000s and has subsequently acquired a dedicated fan-base worldwide. His two previous albums have sold more than 5000 copies, but this will be his first album officially released in the UK. The richly orchestrated record brings to mind recent Belle & Sebastian and some of the melodic highs in the Teenage Fanclub catalogue – from the honey-sweet opener “Castaway” to arguable album highlights, “The Heart Is A Muscle” and the winsome Americana of “You Make It Easy”, Dylan’s song writing glows.

The new album was produced and mixed by Ian Catt, best-known for his work with Saint Etienne, The Field Mice and other bands on the Sarah Records label. The result is undoubtedly Børge's most gorgeous recordings to date. Symphonic and lush, the album is filled with string ensembles, woodwinds and percussion, showing why his widescreen music has been compared to the likes of Jens Lekman, Prefab Sprout and Sufjan Stevens in the past.

While the whole recording process itself was a lengthy one, the song "Life as a Father" gives a very big clue as to why. An intelligent and mature record that spans a life-changing time for the artist, Dylan Mondegreen’s latest has been worth the wait and is a perfect introduction to a British audience.

Porta's Rating
10 of 10

It Takes Two by Dylan Mondegreen

 Elegant, sophisticated orchestral pop from Norway...

“...flawlessly written and performed, and produced with uncommon skill and grace… it’s likely one of the best singer/songwriter records of 2012, and most any year that came before.”

- Tim Sendra,

“All in all this is not only masterfully crafted; it is beautifully composed and elegantly produced…”

- Band Of Banjo Playing Badgers

“Highly recommended.”

- Pete Fyffe, UK Folk Music Magazine

“...a lovely, serene album for lovers of well-crafted, expansive pop.” (Rating=8)

- Rhythm & Booze

“...easy to listen to...refreshing and new...”
- Rhys Maroney, AAA Music

Dylan Mondegreen‘s eponymous album, a soft-voiced collection of slick popsongs in the fey,  beta-male mode, tends toward the dilute culmination of a Platonic chain that draws directly from Prefab Sprout and Deacon Blue.!

*Porta's favourite!*

Dylan Mondegreen is Børge Sildnes’ one-man-band. This Norwegian’s debut album While I Walk You Home, released in 2007, is steadily growing into a classic in indie circles. Pitchfork said: “Indie-pop has entered its soft-rock phase and … it sounds pretty good!”

In 2009 he released his second album, The World Spins On. The album was licensed to labels in Japan, Korea and the Philippines. When he toured Japan later that year, he was interviewed by Spin, who called him ” a refreshing new artist”.

A new Dylan Mondegreen album is expected in 2012. The album is produced by Ian Catt, well-known for his work with Saint Etienne.


"My personal favorite
pretty good pop sound!"


“It’s a fantastic popsong!”

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