Kommode - Houses For Birds
Before Erlend Oye and Glambek Bøe formed Kings of Convenience they were in a rock group with friends Anders Waage Nilsen & Øystein Gjærder Bruvik. The group were called Skog (which is Norwegian for ‘forest’). The group split up and Oye & Bøe reunited to form folk group Kings of Convenience, finding international success.
The two also have kept busy with side projects - Bøe has gone on to form The Whitest Boy Alive (releasing 2 popular albums) while Oye rejoined with Nilsen & Bruvik to form Kommode.
I’m guessing that not many fans of Kings of Convenience or The Whitest Boy Alive would have heard of Kommode as even I am unsure whether or not they have released a full length album, but their music is similar to the distinctive sounds of the Norwegians’ other projects.
As far as I can tell, the word kommode is German for chest of drawers. I could be wrong but if I’m wrong it’s only because the internet lied to me.
This track from 2008 has a steady beat and catchy guitar riffs. Clocking in at under 3 minutes, Houses For Birds wastes no time in getting down to business.
Download - Houses For Birds
Kings of Convenience
Kings of Convenience ft. Feist - Know How
If Simon & Garfunkel secretly sailed to Scandinavia, cloned themselves and snuck back to the U.S. in 1975, its highly likely that Erlend Øye & Eirik Glambek Bøe are their long lost clone babies.
On the off chance that I am wrong, Kings of Convenience are no less a force to be reckoned with in modern folk music. The two sing hushed harmonies over playful, sometimes rousing songs and after listening to one of their album you will always feel a sense of satisfaction and appreciation for their music.
This was the first track I heard from the group in ‘05 or ‘06 from a Jack Johnson compilation album and I was blown away. I think Feist adds a nice dynamic to this number. The songstress has just brought out her new album this week so keep an ear out if you enjoy her contribution on ‘Know How’. Here’s a link to the download.