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Taking occasional (and sometimes lengthy) breaks between projects, the Norwegian duo of Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambæk Bøe keep returning to their shared love of hushed folk-pop, even though electronic music also calls to Øye in the studio. Vintage artists like Nick Drake and Simon & Garfunkel come to mind in the rather vintage feel of Declaration of Dependence, a collection of tunes featuring acoustic guitars gently plucked and strummed, and the sparest of strings and piano. There's a faint whiff of easy jazz and bossa nova on some tracks—the rippling ebb and flow of "Freedom and Its Owner" and "Me in You" should get feet moving in a smooth samba swirl, and the gently percolating guitar in the breezy "Mrs. Cold" recalls soft-jazz guru Michael Franks. While there's nothing quite as brisk as "I'd Rather Dance with You" (from the duo's last release, 2004's Riot on an Empty Street), the faintly perky "Boat Behind" eventually calls out like a sea shanty, with its see-sawing cello-guitar interplay and jaunty oh-ohhh-ohhh's begging for a sing-along. The Kings make great shelfmates with contemporary artists like High Llamas and Tracy Thorne.

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Formed: Bergen, Norway

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Bergen, Norway-based indie pop duo Kings of Convenience teamed singer/guitarist Erik Glambek Bøe and guitarist Erlend Øye. After first earning notice thanks to a series of acclaimed European festival appearances during the summer of 1999, the twosome signed to American label Kindercore to issue their lovely eponymous debut the following spring. Quiet Is the New Loud was issued in early 2001 on Astralwerks. The album used many of the same tracks from the Kindercore release but reordered them and replaced...
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