and much more.
By Blurt Staff
Norwegian duo Kings
of Convenience are back after four years with their third studio album, Declaration of Dependence set for
release on October 20 via Astralwerks.
Declaration of Dependence,is a wonderful record for a
lot of reasons. For one, Eirik Bøe
is equally comfortable talking about the record’s “serious ideas” and laughing
about its’ “hi-brow Bossa Nova” moments while his partner Erlend Øye is clearly thrilled by
making, “the most rhythmical pop record ever that features no percussion or
drums.” For another, there is no one who makes records like they do. “When we
started out we were afraid of sounding like other artists,” Erlend says. “But
now we feel pretty much alone.” But the most striking thing about this album is
how powerfully it reminds you that making music together is not a game, it’s
not something to be undertaken lightly, this record is part of a much larger
picture, a long and involved relationship that has had its good and bad times.
As beautiful as you would expect – and songs like “Second
to Numb”, “Rule My World” and “24-25” are as perfectly
realized as anything they’ve ever written – Declaration of Dependence also marks the beginning of a new era for the duo. The record began to take
shape in February 2007 when they met up on the same beach in Mexico that is
pictured on the album’s cover. The pair came together to play a concert in the
city the following month, the first time they had appeared together in more
than two years. They shared a feeling that there was another record to be made.
“Really,” says Eirik “We had no choice.”
Declaration of Dependence is the story of two people
living two very different lives sensing that they are immensely more powerful
together than apart. In that sense it is the most adult, the most mature record
Kings of Convenience have ever made. That it is their most gripping, their most
revealing is, if anything, just a by-product of that honesty and their endeavor.