Thomas Dybdahl, one of Norwayâ€™s most notable musicians, made his US full-length debut with Songsreleased July 12, 2011 on Strange Cargo, a new label created by multiple Grammy-winner Larry Klein in partnership with Decca Records/Universal Music Group. In celebration of his release, Dybdahl will join Tori Amos on the US leg of her Night of Hunters tour. The album is an intimate album of lush, intricately orchestrated pop describe by NME as â€œNorwayâ€™s answer to Nick Drakeâ€. Listen to the nuanced album track â€œCeciliaâ€ here and watch him perform it live at Paradiso, Amsterdam here.
Thomasâ€™s songs linger with a suppressed intensity. Highlights on Songsinclude â€œFrom Grace,â€ a stunning pop song underscored by plucky acoustic bass and swirling drums, and â€œAll Is Not Lost,â€ which flickers with Thomasâ€™ earthy tenor and chugging guitars, dissolving into a hazy instrumental. Dybdahlâ€™s sensitive croon glides over a playfully strummed guitar on â€œB a Partâ€ while lead single â€œCeciliaâ€ glides on echoing slide guitar flourishes and weightless, breathy vocals. For a taste of what youâ€™ll hear on tour, hear Thomas performing several songs off the debut release on NPRâ€™s All Things Considered and his Daytrotter session which went up today!
Strange Cargoâ€™s Larry Klein has produced work by Tracy Chapman, Shawn Colvin, Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell and Madeleine Peyroux among others and has won five Grammy awards. Says Klein, â€œI’m honored to be a part of bringing Thomas’ music to the rest of the world. His work has an intrinsic emotional power, and reflects an attention to subtlety that I rarely hear.â€ Be sure to catch Thomas Dybdahl live on tour this fall with Tori Amos.
Thomas Dybdahl North American Tour Dates
11/29 Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Performance Arts Center
12/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music
12/2 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/3 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/5 Washington DC @ Constitution Hall
12/6 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater
12/8 Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
12/10 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
12/13 Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theater
12/14 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
12/16 Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
12/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
12/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre