+ ￥350 配送料
+ ￥350 配送料
Declaration of Dependence [12 inch Analog]
Vinyl LP pressing. 2009 release, the third album from the Norwegian Pop/Folk duo (Erik Boe and Erlend Oye). Declaration of Dependence is the story of two people living two very different lives sensing that they are immensely more powerful together than apart. In that sense it is the most adult, the most mature record Kings of Convenience have ever made. That it is their most gripping, their most revealing is, if anything, just a by-product of that honesty and their endeavor. "Erlend is a very stubborn individual with extreme belief in his own ideas," says Erik of his partner. "He's very free and creative and his access to unusual and fresh ideas is very good. I find that quite unique. For some reason they are very similar to my ideas on music - we like the same unusualness."
国内でのKings of convenienceの知名度向上に、あの番組（と選曲された旦那様）の功績は意外に大きかったのかもしれません（笑）
Probably partly due to their Norweigan background, the English lyrics are sometimes a bit naïve and simplistic, slightly odd at times, which is part of their charm. If you like Simon & Garfunkel or early Belle & Sebastian then this duo will hit the spot for you. Gentle acoustic songs with interesting low key arrangements, not all slow songs, sometimes more uptempo with an almost jazzy swing. Most tracks feature their 2 guitars, sometimes there is also acoustic bass, or a splash of viola or piano, , adding splashes of memorable embelishment .
The songs are easy listening, accessible, including several good toe tappers, a bit more upbeat, mixed with some slower more maudlin ballads. This is a definite grower, the more you listen to it, the more ear hooks engage. Over the years this has become one of my all time favourite albums, a Desert Island top 10 album choice.
This duo are probably under the radar for most, not very well know, but they are truly special. It is a pity that they only recorded 3 charming albums together, and then went their separate ways. I would highly recommend them , well worth getting to know. Give them a few listens, and like me you will be likely to become drawn in and hooked, and come to love their unique blend of acoustic alchemy that I find magical.
The two singer songwriters hail from Norway and together produce stirring guitar rifts and sublime vocals and although they have never charted in the top 50 in the UK with their albums or indeed a single they are a hugely understated indie folk band.
I am not going to pull apart each track on this album as I am far from a music critic but I will say that none of them are disappointing and this album should leave you feeing very chilled.
So buy it, find some time to unwind, grab a beer or a good wine and listen to this album on a good quality system with the volume loud enough to drown out any other noise, relax and enjoy.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review.