• petter carlsen Sirens (LP, £12.50)

    label: Function

    Norway’s Petter Carlsen returns with his third album Sirens released on Function Records. From Alta, far up north in Norway, Petter Carlsen continues to make his beautifully personal and atmospheric music, reflecting the cold, dark and wild surroundings of the north. His debut album ‘You Go Bird’ was released in 2009, with his second - ‘Clocks Don’t Count’ - following in 2011. This new album reveals a slight change of course, containing more rhythmical and electronic elements but it’s the strength of Petter’s voice that captivates the listener. Petter channels a sound similar to his Scandinavian brethren Mew but there’s a beautiful melancholic edge to his voice. ‘Never Leave Me’ is enchanting and dreamlike not unlike Sigur Rós but as the album progresses he reveals more hidden depths on tracks like ‘Wings’, where he creates lush, cinematic soundscapes. His music has been identified by progressive British rock outfit Anathema as something very special. Indeed, singer / guitarist Daniel Cavanagh states “he is the most talented musician I have ever met in my life.” Praise for Clocks Don’t Count - ‘Bright vocals, ethno strings and the guitars- as clear as a bell- sound like the Norwegian pendant to Beth Orton’s ‘Daybreaker’ ROLLING STONE // ‘This man is really good…this record won’t let you go- just amazing’ 9/10 SLAM // ‘A really moving album- in Scandinavia they already call Carlsen ‘the voice of the north’ ZILLO // Tracklisting: 1. You Could Be The One 2. Tiger 3. Sirens 4. From the Outside 5. Wings 6. Never Leave Me 7. You Begin Where Everything Ends 8. Days Like These

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