Declaration of Dependence

Erik Boe and Erlend Oye have occasionally been referred to as the Norwegian equivalent of Simon & Garfunkel. Although there is some validity to the comparison – the duo’s harmonies are intricately interwoven and driven by acoustic guitar – it falls short of capturing what makes this pair unique. Boe and Oye are just as much indebted to the gentle rhythms of Bossa Nova and to the sparkling indie pop of Belle and Sebastian as to American folk of the 1960s.

Kings of Convenience offer a coolly detached approach to their ballads of relationships. Whatever the emotional impact of a song, the delivery is evenly delivered; these boys aren’t into drama. Declaration of Dependence is their take on how couples depend on each other while still maintaining separate identities, even separate lives. If this seems like a contradiction it isn’t the first time we’ve seen this from the pair. Their previous albums included Riot on an Empty Street and Quiet Is the New Loud. In their mellow fashion Boe and Oye challenge assumed societal norms.

Rosemary Welsch (Afternoon Mix Host)