Erlend Øye is a Norwegian musician who makes up one half of Kings of Convenience; he also records solo albums. Following 2003’s Unrest, Øye recently announced a new album, La Prima Estate, due out later this year and inspired by his time spent living in Italy over the past year. The first single is the title track, “La Prima Estate,” sung entirely in Italian. Watch a video for the song below, and read what Øye’s label wrote about the track on Facebook.
From Bubble Records:
In 2012 Erlend Øye moved from Norway to Italy. It didn’t take him long to discover the goldmine of Italian music of the 60s and 70s and start taking inspiration from its arrangements and style of melodies. Neither did it take him long to take inspiration from the lives of the people around him in the Sicilian town of Siracusa, his new home, and learn enough of the language to write this song, La Prima Estate, his first song in Italian, which centers around his friend Lucia and her day of graduation. Recorded in Berlin, backed by the musicians of The Whitest Boy Alive on bass, drums and synthesizer, Erlend plays the electric guitar and mandolin, while new face Victor Abrahamsson is responsible for the tracks signature flute melodies.