I Was A King - Old Friends

Norwegian BTW I Was A King earn comparisons to Olivia Tremor Control, Teenage Fanclub (they have a song called “Norman Bleik” after all), Dinosaur Jr., all for the way their shambling ’60s sound gets tossed and lost inside their deep ’90s college radio record collections. Their last self-titled record was produced by Serena-Maneesh’s Emil Nikolaisen with a guest spot from Daniel Smith; for their forthcoming, third record Old Friends the band set up camp in Smith’s Familyre Recording Studio in Jersey and turned production duties over to the Famile patriarch. “Daybreak” is its first take, and it sounds like I Was A King leader Frode Strømstads’ power-pop being adopted by the Danielson Famile, clattering and loose with horns, strings, other things in the offing. Check it:

Od Friends is out in Norway on 8/16 via Hype City. Hear another excellent new one from the album, “Unreal,” at I Was A King’s MySpace.

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