KINGS of CONVENIENCE – ” Peace or Love “

Posted: June 20, 2021 in MUSIC

Kings Of Convenience “Peace Or Love” It’s the return of the Kings: Eirik Glambeck BoE and Erlend Oye are back next month with their first new album in over a decade, Peace or Love. Since their debut declaration that Quiet Is the New Loud, the Norwegian duo have retained their lovely and understated sound—gentle vocals and acoustic guitars, intimately intertwined and powerfully melodic—but their latest outing is a reminder that, as BoE observes in the record’s press materials, “It’s very, very hard to make something sound simple.” Recorded (repeatedly!) over five years in as many cities around the world, Peace or Love absorbed bossa nova influences while BoE and Oye recorded in Chile, and added a Queen of Convenience, if you will, in (Leslie) Feist, who sings on two of its 11 tracks (one of which, “Catholic Country,” was co-written with English trio The Staves).

But the album is still unmistakably Kings of Convenience, delicate and lush, but with the steady ache of hard-won, well-travelled wisdom. Like ripples in still water, the duo’s sound continues to resonate through the years not in spite of its simple beauty, but because of it.

With 11 tracks passing by in a breezy 38 minutes, Peace or Love ably picks up where Kings of Convenience left off on 2009’s Declaration of Dependence, as if taking 12 years and several tries to finish a follow-up is totally normal. (“We recorded the album about five times,” says Eirik Glambek Bøe.) As always, the focal point of Kings of Convenience’s work is the interplay between two gently plucked acoustic guitars and two tender, harmonizing voices, as heard to great effect in “Comb My Hair,” a simple and gorgeous song that plainly and effectively traces a post-breakup spiral. According to the band, both of Erlend Øye’s parents passed away since we last heard from Kings of Convenience, and Bøe’s 21-year marriage ended, too.

So it’s no surprise that love and loss are recurring themes here. The lite-funk groove of “Fever” neatly approximates the dizzying feeling of infatuation with someone who may or may not share those feelings, and one track later, “Killers” juxtaposes what might be the album’s most graceful guitar work with bleak lyrical images: lies to cover up a crime, hearts of darkness, an interminable wait, an empty bed. And while “Love is a Lonely Thing” is an ominous title, a hopeful middle verse (sung by Leslie Feist) that likens love to gardening lets a little light in before finally giving way to the song’s presumed fate: “Love is pain and suffering /Love can be a lonely thing,” Bøe sings, sounding like a man who knows from experience. “Once you’ve known that magic, who can live without it?”

the brand new album ‘Peace Or Love’ out June 18th –

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