Our tour of the European Union has been on hold for a while - think of it as the aural equivalent of a 14 days quarantine period - but we're back with a bang. You are in for a very special treat today.
One of my favourite new(ish) artists has very graciously accepted my offer to guest host the blog on this leg of the journey. So, without any further ado, let's hand the controls over to her:
am delighted to welcome you on a musical tour of Denmark.
me introduce myself properly: I am Asthmatic Harp, a Danish singer-songwriter based in
Glasgow. My new indie-folk single Bird of Paradise had its premiere here on the blog just a couple of weeks ago.
can’t give you a tour of Denmark without first mentioning the composer Carl
Nielsen. In Denmark many of his songs have become an integral part of the national
heritage. During my years singing in the Children's Choir of the Royal Danish
Academy of Music it was always the Carl Nielsen songs that seemed to bring out the most tears in
the audiences' eyes.
favourite is called 'Som en Rejselysten Flåde'. The flow of the melody reminds
me of salty, wind swept summer days by the sea.
“Som en Rejselysten Flåde” - The Children's Choir of the Royal Danish Academy of Music
on, here's Denmark’s Grandmother of Electronic Music: Else Marie Pade. A real
pioneer! Start by listening to ‘Lyd og Lys’ (Sound and Light).
"Lyd og Lys" - Else Marie Pade
is one of my favourite Danish bands. The art-rock ensemble produces music that
is both intimate and magnificently orchestral at the same time. I am sure that
you will soon be listening to ‘Modern Drift’ on repeat.
"Modern Drift" - Efterklang
wouldn't want to let you miss out on a good old classic from the Danish Peace & Love era. ‘Herfra Hvor Vi Står’
is a song by the
duo Skousen & Ingemann. They are the real deal!
"Herfra Hvor Vi Står" - Skousen & Ingemann
Larsen was a real darling in Danish pop/rock music known for his big mouth and
catchy tunes. One of his most famous songs is ‘Midt on Natten’.
"Midt on Natten" - Kim Larsen
Finally, I wanted to introduce you to a relatively new artist crush on
the Danish music scene. Listen to Katinka and her track: ‘Vi Er
Ikke Kønne Nok Til At Danse’ (We are not pretty enough to be dancing)."
"Vi Er Ikke Konne Nok Til At Danse" - Katinka
Ernie here. Many thanks to Asthmatic Harp for that excellent, eclectic selection. Even more thanks are due because she has kindly shared her brand new video, released just yesterday. It's a lovely cover of My Brightest Diamond's "I Have Never Loved Someone The Way I Love You". The best way you can show your appreciation is to head over to her website and buy stuff. Now!!!
I chose the other videos myself. I mention that because I feel I should take full responsibility for Dr. Phil.
We'll be back soon with Estonia, for which the redoubtable George has played a blinder. In the meantime, if any members of Hanoi Rocks or Lordi want to help out when we get to Finland, please get in touch.