Laine’s Loves… Kings Of Convenience ‘Homesick’

Laine's Loves... Kings Of Convenience 'Homesick'

Like the Mamas & The Papas we're happy to be sad, and this Norwegian folk song is the perfect soundtrack. Click expand to join our bittersweet mood.

Laine’s Loves… Kings Of Convenience ‘Homesick’

There’s something just so special about Erlend Øye. Our favourite Norwegian writes the most amazing songs across a range of genres and has the voice of a particularly good natured angel. He also seems really sweet. Kings Of Convenience sound quite a lot like Simon & Garfunkel, who we also love, and this song could be about them – a story of working in a record shop and finding a record that obsesses Erlend so much he ignores the customers. “Two soft voices, blended in perfection,” he sings, his own soft voice blended in perfection with his Kings partner Eirik Glambek Bøe. 

But more that the lyrics, this about the melodies and chords. As the name suggests it’s lovely and melancholic, something we’ve been drawn to since we were teenagers. In fact that’s our default setting for music, from folk to house.

As Nick Hornby says in High Fidelity (though we’d change miserable for another less negative word), “What came first – the music or the misery? Did I listen to the music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to the music? Do all those records turn you into a melancholy person?”

Either way, the sadness makes us so happy.

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