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The debut album by the Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience was aptly titled, describing the philosophy behind their artistic approach while simultaneously challenging the world to a paradigm shift of sorts. Quiet Is the New Loud lent a contemporary voice to the echo of the American mid-century folk revival movement, focusing on sparse acoustic arrangements built around two guitars and two voices. Taking a page from Simon & Garfunkel, tracks like "Winning a Battle, Losing the War" are lyrical and potent, featuring close harmonies and counterpoint guitar parts. The more percussive, Brazilian-inspired guitar patterns on "Leaning Against the Wall" and "The Passenger" give the album a rounded currentness. For such delicate work, Quiet Is the New Loud is surprisingly substantial—a realized artistic statement that carries itself with heart and conviction.

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One of the best

This is an album that I hold near and dear to my heart. It tells the tale of a relationship come and gone, all the while beautifully lamenting it. Erlend and Erik’s coos mix well with the minimalist guitars.


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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