[Hey folks, we're just tickled to introduce "Hear Here," a new daily feature on the Sound Effects blog. Check in every day to hear a great new song by an artist in town that night. Enjoy! - MB]
I'm not even going to pretend that I can dislodge "If You Leave" from the coiffed heads of frothing OMD fans gearing up for the reunited pop powerhouse's return to form at the Paradise tonight. BUT: I can assure those OMD fans that there's a good reason to show up early tonight -- apart from that "secret" parking spot of yours.
Meet former ballerina Nanna Øland Fabricius, a/k/a Oh Land (that's much easier). Hailing from Copenhagen and currently blowing the holy-heck up, Fabricius offers what I can only describe as a downier take on the recent steely-sweet storm of Scandinavian electro-pop that Robyn rode over to our shores last year. Feather-light vocals, thumping beats and all sorts of synthy thingamadoos are the three main ingredients of her self-titled sophomore release, which drops next Tuesday.
She performed her first single "Sun of a Gun" on Letterman the other night to much fanfare -- with a chorus of floating balloon heads and flashing crags of fake ice, no less -- but this live performance of "Wolf & I," gives a hint of her softer, moodier, smokier side. Get hooked on this song now, and you'll officially be cooler than all of those snotty festival types who will soon claim to have discovered her at SXSW in Austin. You'll be like, "Oh Land? Oh, please. I was on that days ago." And that will feel good.
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