September 22, 2013

Autumn Mix #2: Man On A Wire

The scruffy, handsome Thomas Dybdahl is a 34 year old Norwegian singer/songwriter who's been releasing consistently strong music for the past decade. I discovered him on the advice of the brilliant folk pop musician Judie Tzuke, who worked with him on a Morcheeba album. Early hit Love Story is an achingly lovely (and sensual) introduction.

His new album, What's Left Is Forever, is - to my ears - his best and most consistent. It's produced by Larry Klein, ex Mr. Joni Mitchell, who's produced incredible albums for Shawn Colvin, Melody Gardot and of course, Joni. The latest single, Man On A Wire, is a perfect September song - it literally mentions rustling leaves - and a bit opaque in its subject matter. Is it about a man on his own again after a heartbreak? For me, it is.

If you're a fan of Ed Harcourt, Jeff Buckley, Shawn Colvin or Ryan Adams, definitely check this out. The album is released in the UK on October 7; if you like a truly grand orchestral ballad, pay attention to the album's stunning finale, This Next Wave is a Big One. And note that Thomas is doing live dates in Europe throughout October and November.

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