Long Time No See (Or Hear)
Sorry for the long hiatus. I’ve been swamped with work and also finishing up a documentary film project. So, I haven’t had much time to scratch up any fun new tunes for you to enjoy. But finally new songs have arrived for your listening pleasure.
Hafdis Huld – Tomoko
It may be hard to hang out with Tomoko, but it is a lot of fun to listen to Tomoko. Hafdís Huld Hákonardóttir sang with the Icelandic band GusGus for nine years from the age of 15 until they unceremoniously dumped her from the band. Hafdis’ album is full of quirky pop songs that have the familiar Icelandic sensibility. There’s nothing you can do, but enjoy Hafdis Huld.
Other Hafdis Huld Songs to Check Out: Who Loves The Sun, Fucked Up Mind, Sumri Hallar
Texas Lightning – No No Never
My love for this song keeps burning like an eternal flame. I’m never ever going to forget it. Who couldn’t love this fun alternative country song by Texas Lightning, a GERMAN country band!? I mean a GERMAN band that plays AMERICAN Country & Western music, folks. Get real! Good stuff. Texas Lightning was quite a sensation at the recent Eurovision Song Contest, but were overshadowed by the insane, Satanic rockers who won the competition. I’m not actually a big fan of country music, but this is country-lite. Alternative country. AND you also need to hear their covers of Madonna’s “Like A Virgin,” ABBA's "Dancing Queen" or Prince’s “Kiss” among others. It’s funky good times. Check it out.
Other Texas Lightning Songs to Check Out: Dancing Queen, Over The Mountains, Kiss, Like A Virgin
Helene Bøksle – Isimo
Okay, so here’s the weekly Norwegian roundup of what’s hot in Norway. Helene Bøksle is the flavor of the moment. You know I’m going to have something Norwegian to post on a regular basis, right?? ;) Helene has been performing since the age of 4, even in some high profile places, like the opening of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at age 11. With a background in theatre, she brings a lush musical sound to her pop music. Most of the Norwegian pop music posted on this site is sung in English, but here’s a song in Norwegian with a great beat and magical sound which transcends language.
Other Helene Bøksle Songs to Check Out: Natta vi har, Måneskinnsmøyane, Blomen fell