by GEORGIA KELLY-BAKKER
One of Thomas Dybdahl’s famous new tracks from his hit album Songs advises us to not lose ourselves, but that is exactly what I did when listening to his soft and melodic tunes.
This native Norwegian songwriter knows how to sooth the soul with his guitar, voice and eclectic accompanying instruments, which give the songs great rhythm and groove.
But perhaps some of the most moving tracks, like One Day You’ll Dance For Me, New York City, are the ones that go back to basics allowing his alluring melodies to shine through.
This eclectic approach is by no way an accident.
As Dybdahl says himself ‘I’ve sought to draw influences from the whole spectrum of music- not only from songwriters and singers but also from contemporary and classical music’, and even from pop music, which he says he loves.
Dybdahl’s open approach to his music has paved way for his great success, receiving international acclaim and two Norwegian Grammys for his album.
This acclaim is certainly not undeserved.
Just when you think that you have heard everything he can offer, he surprises the listener with something completely different like a bluesy saxophone intro.
So if you liked Lior or Jack Johnson, this is the album for you.
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