Henning – “För blå”

August 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Henning

After a summer break it’s time again to get started with a new season. Even if I’ve been on vacation myself, the music has continued to pour into my mailbox, which meands that I have quite a list of great music to write about in the time to come.

First up is Henning with the single “För blå” (“Too Blue”), a single he released in the beginning of summer. It’s not the first time we write about Henning; we’ve written earlier about Armadillo King, which he called himself when he sang in English. Later he developed that concept into a band, Armadillo Five and then Armadillo, but when he sings in Swedish he’s Henning.

What I like the best with Henning is his vocals, which are just as strong if he sings in English or if he sings in Swedish, which is obvious also in this song. The music has an air of Peter LeMarc, but turns into something different with Hennings voice. You can follow Henning on his site and the music is also available on Spotify.

För blå

Armadillo King

September 7, 2008 at 8:00 am

Armadillo KingTo be honest artists like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Tom Petty normally don’t frequent my speakers, but sometimes they do manage to get me going, especially Dylan. Furthermore it’s easy to see why this line of music is so appealing to many starting up their musical careers – all you need is a guitar and something to share.

The amount of “young men (or women) with guitars” is actually overwhelming when you take a closer look at the swedish demo treasure, as I’ve done during the past few years. And no matter how attractive their initiatives and ambitions may be, it’s all together somewhat watered down to me seeing how few – yes they do exist! – manage to really deliver that personal feeling they’re aiming at (and that obviously is crucial in the singer/songwriter genre). No, it rarely surprises, it all sounds very much alike to this listener.

Three things in which Armadillo King succeeds, and that must work if I’m to be part of it all, are singing, melody and lyrics. Most important about singing is of course the “expression”; it does by no means have to be especifically original or odd but must be personal, can’t be borrowed. If you on top of that, like Armadillo King, is blessed with an infallible sense of pitch as well as an equally – and paradoxically – harsh and smooth voice, you’re not worse off because of it. In my book Armadillo King is a fantastic singer.

As for melody and lyrics they should be symbiotic. Lyrics that doesn’t tell you the obvious floating safely and unstrained in a melody that seem to lack ambitions of originality but that nevertheless carries me, the melody junkie, with it all the way.

Well well, guess it’s a bit ridiculous trying to explain why you should listen to this artist, when the best argument by far is delievered soon as you click on the song of your choice. You’re likely to understand then, the concept of “young man with guitar” at its best.

Selling a Sheep
Million Dollar King
It’s Soon Summertime
Inner Peace
Turn Away
My Raincoat
Still Your Angel

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(translated by Aurgrunn)

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