Life as Art & Curiousity

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Scando Files: Oh Land and Other Gifts

Rainbow by Oh Land from Big Ugly Yellow Couch on Vimeo.

  They are the lands that keep on giving. Beyond burgeoning street-style and a bike culture to dream about, the Scandinavian countries deliver music of their own guise. When Bjork emerged in the early 90s as a solo artist (wafting and dreamlike) her sound and risks struck a nerve with a global audience.

   In recent years, artists like The Knife, Sigur Ros, Lykki Li, and Robyn have achieved huge success on the Western front. Stylistically varied and defined amongst themselves, there is a commonality to the Scando sound that's incredibly visceral. It is the power of giving pop music a soul; interlacing music and new methods with, perhaps, a more curious approach to both life and art. Sounds are provided with atmosphere to linger long after the song has played out.

  Oh Land is the latest wonder to trickle from across the pond. Singer/ song-writer, Nanna Øland Fabricius, builds herself with a sense of play, mixing boisterous moods and a gentility that works. From outskirts of Copenhagen, she's a trained ballet dancer raised by a family of creatives. An upbringing  both disciplined and free (Ok, I'm making assumptions, but its pretty likely), and such spirit translated into music is one to enjoy. And impossible not to crush on. Great selection of capes and apparel in general. For more about Oh Land, visit her website here.

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