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Øye on Korean tour with Hjálmar in new video

Artist: Erlend Øye (and Hjálmar) | Single: Garota

The Norwegian singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Erlend Øye presents the music video for his new single Garota. Erlend Øye is best-know for being a member of both indie folk-pop duo Kings Of Convenience and Berlin-based dance-pop project Whitest Boy Alive. But since the latter has broken up and no Kings of Convinience release is planned, Øye has been working on his solo album Legao instead. We’ve already posted the first single Fence Me In, now it’s time for single number two; Garota.

For Legao Øye has rounded up members of the legendary Icelandic reggae band Hjálmar. On Fence Me In the reggae influences were obvious with offbeat guitar and organ-shuffle. On Garota the reggae sound is more toned down, but still colored with horns and hammond in a distinctive Hjálmaresque way.

The album was recorded in Reykjavik, but the video was filmed in South Korea by director Michael Beech. The beautifully shot film documents a stadium-size show in Seoul with Erlend Øye backed up by Hjálmar, but also tells a fictional romantic story about Øye and a Korean garota, which means girl in portugese.

The album will be released October the 3rd via Bubble Records.

Hjálmar + Erlend Oye = True

Hjálmar are a household name on the Icelandic music scene. They’ve been playing old school reggae – sung entirely in Icelandic – for ten years now, winning loads of loyal fans, critical acclaim and music awards along the way.

Last year they spent some time in the studio with Erlend Oye from Kings of Convinience, working on his solo album Legao that will be released this year. To kick off this project they performed at By:Larm in Oslo this weekend.

Hjálmar are no strangers to  collaborations with Nordic music colleagues. In 2008 they had a home turf hit with Dom hinner aldrig ifatt, which they recorded together with Swedish rapper Timbuktu. And in 2011 they started working with Finish multmusician Jimi Tenor, firstly on a single called Messenger of Bad News and last year they released a whole album – Dub of Doom. 

Great stuff most of it! Unfortunately Fence Me In is the least convincing of all these collaborations, it simply sounds a bit pale and weary in comparison. But sure hope that the rest of Legao will surprise us. We’ll keep tuned and report more about it. Promise.