My Name Is Erl

Stereogum hearts Erlend Oye, whether he’s in Simøn & Garfunkel mode with Kings Of Convenience or getting his DJ kicks on the dancefloor. And he’s yet another artist who has covered “There Is A Light…”

Mr. Oye’s new project is The Whitest Boy Alive, a laid back electropop group that’s actually not electro after all — since its inception, Oye replaced the programmed beats with instruments. Three tunes (and one bit of spoken-word nonsense) are streaming at MySpace. The sing-songy “Above You” is fun and funky, but I’m really into “Burning,” which rides a clean Cure-like guitar line … though it actually wouldn’t sound out of place on the last KoC album. And while you might’ve heard the dance remix of “Inflation,” the album cut with its bouncy bass riff and angular guitars hints at a post-punk influence as well. Nothing earth-shattering here, but I think you guys will dig it.

They’ll be at the Melt! Festival in Gräfenheinichen 7/14. Can’t make it? Here’s a song (not on MySpace) to tide you over until they hit the States, or you get your import copy of Dreams (out 6/21).

The Whitest Boy Alive – “Dead End” (MP3 Link Expired)

Erlend also lends his voice to a track on the new James Figurine CD Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake. James’ description:

This record was supposed to be an extra melodic, minimal techno record with some sparse vocals. Instead, my technopop tendencies got the best of me, the songs slowly filled up, and this is what I ended up with.

Good call James.

James Figurine (Feat. Erlend Oye) – “All The Way To China” (MP3 Link Expired)