KINGS OF CONVENIENCE make music for a quiet BOAT ride. I can get BEHIND that.

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through the air there’s a fluffy cloud falling down as rain

♫ Kings of Convenience – Boat Behind

Kings Of Convenience’s new album, Declaration Of Dependence, is the perfect album for chilly Sundays. It’s light, tender, and intimate; perfect for nursing your body back to reality after a Saturday’s worth of BAC-alteration. I first fell in love with Kings’ 2002 groovy remix album, Versus, which set me up for some disappointment when I discovered how sparse and mellow their music really is. Except for “I’d Rather Dance With You,” I never got into 2004’s Riot On An Empty Street, and sort of wrote Kings off as too downer for my tastes. In recent years I have fallen much harder for Erlend Øye’s dancey, full-band, side project, The Whitest Boy Alive, and that pleased me just fine. Then I heard the Declaration and got down with it. Sure, it was the bouncy “Boat Behind” (above) that sucked me in, but the rest of the super sparse (two voices, two guitars, and the occasional string instrument) album has found a home in my ears. Pitchfork has some more to say on the album’s themes and genesis, etc, but if you are like me you just want to sit back with some hot tea and soak in the music.

♫ Kings of Convenience – Peacetime Resistance

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8 replies
  1. sraasch
    sraasch says:

    i think you might like this….

    click my name if your interested, modest mouse and a lil' black keys influenced but not a copy cat.

  2. sraasch
    sraasch says:

    i think you might like this….

    click my name if your interested, modest mouse and a lil' black keys influenced but not a copy cat.

  3. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Hey Brandon,
    I couldn't really get into “Boat behind”, but the standout song in this post for me was definitely “Peacetime Resistance”, so soothing and goes with a great cup of tea as you said :) Any other songs by them you could recommend that sound like “Peacetime Resistance”?

  4. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    Honestly, I would recommend the whole album. “Boat Behind” is more the exception than the rule as it is a bit more energetic. But in general I think you can't go wrong with this album :)

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