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Does anyone sing in a normal voice these days? I had the misfortune of hearing Everything Everything on 6music the other day and thought that I may be able to tolerate this if he stopped singing in a made up comedy voice. Olof Arnalds is an Icelandic chanteause who is seemingly universally loved despite singing in a voice that is one part Joanna Newsom and one part Kermit the bloody Frog.
The music is hushed acoustic beauty. Opener ‘German Fields’ opens with staccato acoustics before she wibbles and warbles in her tiny lickle voice but the chorus swells into something very lovely indeed. Throughout the arrangements are kept sparse and simple, gently picked guitars and plucked pianos, lovingly produced which gives the album a very gentle, laid back feel. It’s screaming out for a memorable hook or two...or a singer that doesn’t sound like a precocious five year old girl auditioning for the infants’ production of Annie.
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