Music from Denmark, to Denmark

There’s only so much you can do on a plane, after all, especially now that my ten-year-old daughter has discovered her own passion for tech and music and has added her tablet, phone, and 3DS to her carry-on. To synchronize with my roots, I created a playlist with Danish artists. Some old favourites that bring back memories, and some recent releases that might create new ones. Here are my Geek’s Picks of the Week:

Mew – In A Better Place

Mew’s flair for layered pop-rock is evident on their latest album, Visuals. Their sound has mellowed a little since their heavier, earlier releases, but they are mistakenly Mew. As is customary with the band, repeated listens reward you as you peel off one layer at a time to reveal the depth of their compositions. Catchy melodies, playful arrangements, and an instinct to constantly surprise—Mew is my favourite Danish band.

Agnes Obel – Familiar

Singer/songwriter and musician Agnes Obel is a classically trained pianist, but her introspective and melancholic creations are closer to the sound of Ane Brun and PJ Harvey. Her third album, Citizen of Glass, was released in 2016, and this is where I’ve picked the haunting “Familiar.” To witness her incredible talent, also take a look at her live performances, such as her Berlin sessions. I had the pleasure of experiencing her live in Ottawa—if she drops by your town, make sure to get a ticket!

Lukas Graham – 7 Years

I can’t get this song out of my head. So catchy. You’ve probably heard it on the radio, but here’s an excellent live performance. Lukas Graham can best be described as a blend between pop and R&B. They’ve achieved remarkable success in Denmark, and I’m happy their talent is reaching audiences across the world.

Kashmir – The Aftermath

I don’t think there is a better way to round off my Geek Picks than this 2005 performance of “The Aftermath” from the iconic Orange Stage at Roskilde Festival, Denmark. Kashmir’s music has been a part of my life for over twenty years, and although it’s been four years since their latest release, E.A.R., I hope they will be with me for another couple of decades!

You can check out my playlist on Spotify.


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