Pocketknife by Mr Little Jeans on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Monica Birkenes opens her debut full-length singing like a bird celebrating its bird-ness: cooing and twittering in sweet and playful tones, swooping and dipping and gliding for the fun of it. It’s the best kind of pop, in the vein of Cardigans and Brunettes. But slipping into the duskier tones of “Mercy,” it’s clear that Pocketknife is more than pop confection. Her super-chill and somewhat spooky cover of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” garnered the Norwegian singer a few million new YouTube fans, and her morphing from pop to moody electronica and back again hasn’t seemed to bother them a bit. Mr Little Jeans (she took the moniker from a character in the quirky and beloved film “Rushmore”) seems quite comfy in pants of all kinds: the sleek Knife-nod “Good Mistake” is as sexy and cool as black leather; the kids’ choir on “Oh Sailor” is as carefree as summer capris; the drowsy “Mercy” ebbs and flows like a silky pair of harem pants. Birkenes is a confident and strong writer and arranger, a fabulous performer, and an artist ready to join Lorde and Lykke Li on the big stage.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Monica Birkenes opens her debut full-length singing like a bird celebrating its bird-ness: cooing and twittering in sweet and playful tones, swooping and dipping and gliding for the fun of it. It’s the best kind of pop, in the vein of Cardigans and Brunettes. But slipping into the duskier tones of “Mercy,” it’s clear that Pocketknife is more than pop confection. Her super-chill and somewhat spooky cover of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” garnered the Norwegian singer a few million new YouTube fans, and her morphing from pop to moody electronica and back again hasn’t seemed to bother them a bit. Mr Little Jeans (she took the moniker from a character in the quirky and beloved film “Rushmore”) seems quite comfy in pants of all kinds: the sleek Knife-nod “Good Mistake” is as sexy and cool as black leather; the kids’ choir on “Oh Sailor” is as carefree as summer capris; the drowsy “Mercy” ebbs and flows like a silky pair of harem pants. Birkenes is a confident and strong writer and arranger, a fabulous performer, and an artist ready to join Lorde and Lykke Li on the big stage.

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About Mr Little Jeans

Mr. Little Jeans is the musical alias of Norwegian dance-pop singer/songwriter Monica Birkenes. Just after finishing her first set of demos in 2009, Birkenes decided to adopt the Mr. Little Jeans moniker, which is taken from a bit role in Wes Anderson's 1998 film Rushmore. When her cover versions of well-known Beyoncé and Arcade Fire songs launched her into the public eye via YouTube and SoundCloud, Mr. Little Jeans turned to her own music, landing successful spots on popular TV shows like Gossip Girl and movies like Celeste and Jesse Forever and Iron Man 3. Drawing on a synth-based dance-pop style that recalls artists like Kylie Minogue and Lykke Li, she inked a deal with EMI's Harvest Records imprint in 2013. After relocating to Los Angeles to write and record her first album, she released the Good Mistake EP in February 2014, quickly followed by her debut LP, Pocketknife, a month later. Working with collaborator Tim Anderson, Birkenes returned in 2016 with a follow-up EP Fevers, this time on the Nettwerk label. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Grimstad, Norway

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