Singles Club: Nils Bech + Julie Byrne + Jens Lekman

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

We've turned the page on Christmas, but I think the beauty of this song transcends any holiday. Nils Bech's "O Helga Natt" (that's "O Holy Night" in Norwegian) is snow-covered, starry night bliss. Bech's voice is simply impeccable, not to mention angelic, and the addition of strings gives the song a classic feel. An incredibly moving listen.

Julie Byrne's voice is astonishingly good. In "I Live Now as a Singer" one can hear the restlessness of being on the move, and a knowing of all sorts of things. Byrne's first song to be recorded sans guitar, this is a quiet, smoldering tour de force.

Soon to release a new long player, Jens Lekman has let loose a taster in the form of "What's That Perfume That You Wear?" As with many a pop song, the sea breeziness plays off lyrics that remember a happier time and a love on which the sun has set.

[posted 1.8.17]


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