[music] KoC: no pillows required

March 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

Erlend Øye

King of Convenience (KoC) was worth every dollar. I went there expecting another nice-on-CD-but-waayy-too-chill-when-live session (read: Cat Power), but ended up being entertained throughout. Didn’t need that pillow after all.

Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe know what they’re doing. They’ve a wonderful music chemistry going, and you can see they’re very comfortable performing. They pluck and strum their guitars like old friends, and their voices blend well into the mellow tunes.

our view from the top

Eirik Glambek Bøe

Øye saying the lights were too bright

They became chattier as the night went on, warming up to the crowd and joking that it was lucky they could still perform because biological clock-wise, it was in the dead of the night for Øye (he’d just flew in from Mexico) and early morning for Bøe (who’d come from Norway). Theytalked about their album having a great “change” – which you find out soon is simply them swapping their guitars during a song change. Or they’d ramble something Norwegian into the microphone, and then pause and look at the blank audience expectantly, before admitting: “We were talking to our Norwegian soundman over there.” Can’t remember what else, but very wry humour.

They’re the sort of duo you wish sang every Friday night at that favourite cafe of yours when you’re looking to unwind after a long week. Mellow enough, but still upbeat and very very easy on the ears.


more photos from the concert

video from the concert

Kings of Convenience : MySpace page


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