Monday, May 12, 2008

Give me time to put on my smile

From the "new songs I find interesting" file--a file that artists or songs I'm not sure about get put in when they've caught my attention for some reason but I'm not sure how the artist will pan out in the long run; now, though, they've got my attention at least and I have hope that something great and distinctive could come from them: big-on-Norwegian-MySpace 23/24-ish year old singer Tone Mette and "Call Before You Come," her part electro-pop (well, actually, that beat reminds me of something else, but I can't place it) and part wistful angsty singer-songwriter (even though it's not actually written by her, but rather by a man who was in a band that had Erik Faber as lead singer and Venke Knutson as backing singer) song about hiding who you are for the sake of a relationship.



Norwegians do melancholy so well, don't they? It's not even melancholy, really, what I'm thinking of--there's just this easy to draw thread between, say, Erik Faber's "Century" and Margaret Berger's "Robot Song" and pick-a-Lene Marlin-song and...well, the list could keep going; the point is, each of those songs is unique, but there's some common feel about them that makes me wonder what's in the atmosphere in Norway. Maybe it's this feeling of being sadly resigned to your fate, and still going on anyway? No, I don't think that's necessarily expansive enough... Let's hope in a few years Tone proves she deserves to be listed with such great company (in all openness, though, I should mention that another song of hers on YouTube, "Rush," is very different from the style I was expecting her to pursue just hearing "Call Before You Come," and significantly less...interesting).

"Call Before You Come" is available in international iTunes stores; if plans haven't changed, her debut album, Human Zoo, is due out May 26.

4 comments:

Paul said...

what a gorgeous tune. Quite lovely. I love melancholic songs nearly as much as i love the word melancholy. I still think Abba and actually, the Carpenters did the best sad but upbeat pop songs ever (if that makes sense)...

Poster Girl said...

Yes! No, that makes perfect sense--I know exactly what you mean and you're exactly right, too. I'd actually love to read about you raving about the Carpenters (well, and ABBA, but I'm just thinking of your recent mention of the Carpenters on Fizzy Pop).

Anonymous said...

Tone Mettes debutalbum is now available at Itunes:)

Anonymous said...

Tone Mette´s debut album is no available at Spotify.. Check it out:)