13 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Denmark’s Tina Dico originally intended to write a handful of peripheral songs for the soundtrack to the Danish feature film “Oldboys,” but instead she happened to birth these 13 exquisite songs that make up The Road To Gävle. The first thing that stands out on the opener “Long Way Home/Rain On The Court” is the siren call of Dico’s voice and how her self-harmonies sound so enchanting. There are other magical moments in which sections of songs like the rootsy “Goldhawk Road” recall the amazing triptych of Emmylou Harris, Allison Krauss and Gillian Welch on “Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby” from 2000’s O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. The more contemporary folk song “In Love & War” dynamically layers dexterous guitar arpeggio picking with Dico’s inflections harmonizing and making way for handclap rhythms and a distant couple of horns playing wistful and melancholy tones. “Two Funerals” sounds as stark as the title suggest, but beautifully so with a subtly dramatic string section providing the grace and serenity of a lone skater on a frozen lake.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Denmark’s Tina Dico originally intended to write a handful of peripheral songs for the soundtrack to the Danish feature film “Oldboys,” but instead she happened to birth these 13 exquisite songs that make up The Road To Gävle. The first thing that stands out on the opener “Long Way Home/Rain On The Court” is the siren call of Dico’s voice and how her self-harmonies sound so enchanting. There are other magical moments in which sections of songs like the rootsy “Goldhawk Road” recall the amazing triptych of Emmylou Harris, Allison Krauss and Gillian Welch on “Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby” from 2000’s O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. The more contemporary folk song “In Love & War” dynamically layers dexterous guitar arpeggio picking with Dico’s inflections harmonizing and making way for handclap rhythms and a distant couple of horns playing wistful and melancholy tones. “Two Funerals” sounds as stark as the title suggest, but beautifully so with a subtly dramatic string section providing the grace and serenity of a lone skater on a frozen lake.

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About Tina Dico

With heavenly vocals and a poignant writing style, singer/songwriter Tina Dico has topped the charts repeatedly in her native Denmark, caught the ear of Zero 7, and earned a Danish Grammy for Best Songwriter. As she was growing up, her father was a hi-fi aficionado and bought music based on the recording quality, not the genre or artistic merit. This introduced young Tina to a variety of styles, and while she gravitated toward Leonard Cohen, Donovan, and Joni Mitchell, she was well versed in opera and traditional Danish music by the time she had finished the massive collection.

An old reel-to-reel tape machine and a microphone made by her father captured her teenage writing attempts, but Dico didn't take any of this seriously until she joined a band. She was 15 when it happened, and this revived interest in music eventually had her attending the Danish Royal College of Music, where extracurricular activities included joining another band and playing her songs in talent contests, one of which was broadcast on Danish television. The television appearance lead to calls from record labels, but the red tape that came with their offers pushed Dico into releasing her first album on her own.

The 2003 EP Notes sold quickly through word of mouth and earned Dico the songwriting Grammy despite little radio play. Moving to England, she hooked up with downbeat act Zero 7 and appeared on their 2004 album, When It Falls, along with the accompanying tour. That same year she released the EP Far, which fleshed out the mostly acoustic songs of Notes with a full band. In early 2006 she released her first full-length album, In the Red. She followed it with 2007's Count To Ten and 2008's ^Triology, comprised of three newly recorded EPS, A Beginning, A Detour and An Open Ending. ~ David Jeffries and Thom Jurek

  • ORIGIN
    Aarhus, Denmark
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    October 14, 1977

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