For the past 10 years, we have been listening carefully to musical exports coming from Denmark. We watched incredible artists emerging from the Danish music scene and developing. We followed careers of amazing acts and were often enchanted by the albums they created. As we are bidding farewell to this decade, let’s look back at some of its most outstanding of them. Good because Danish editorial team tried to make a selection of records which brought attention to the Danish artists not only in Denmark but also abroad. At the same time, some of the most special records for our Authors made the cut. However, we did our best to stay objective and select the records which made a significant impact on the music scene.
We will share them with you for the next four Sundays of Advent and last Sunday of 2019.
10 Danish albums of the decade – part 4
Lydmor – “I Told You I’d Tell Them Our Story” (2018)
When talking about the 10 Danish albums of the decade there is one artist that we definitely can’t miss to include: Lydmor. The last 10 years have been an exciting rollercoaster in the Danish music scene. Artists came and went and we have been delighted by new bands and singers a lot over time. But there have also been artists that we followed from the very very beginning and are just amazed by their journey. Lydmor is perfect and probably our favourite example as her development is just incredible.
Therefore it is a MUST for us to include her last album “I told you I’d tell them our story” in our hitlist. The concept album, telling about her time in Shanghai and all the mysterious things that happened there, is certainly the most intense album by Lydmor.
“I spent a lot of time thinking and looking at what I wanted to do in my head, seeing it from every direction. I wanted to create a mystery, a little piece of mythology. Instead of doing it as I had done before, I tried thinking of it like a movie director or a writer.” – Lydmor shared with us in an interview on the album.
And we couldn’t agree more – if you listen to songs like “Claudia” or “Money Towers” you get to experience very personal stories and you feel like basically being in those situations with Lydmor and her protagonists. In combination with her new way of presenting the songs in a very visual and artistic way, this album is definitely the one that gave Lydmor a lot of international attention and boosted her visibility all over Europe. We can’t wait to see more of her in 2020!
Oh Land – “Oh Land” (2011)
Talking about strong women in the last decade of Danish music, we can not forget Oh Land. Released in March 2011 her album “Oh Land” covers a relatively big variety of genres. The tracks take us from the club, to dance to electropop music, all with disco and synth-pop influences. Sounds quite generic you might think? Well, not really. Oh Land has the ability to not only switch between these genres but also accompany them with a very special way of performing and give the easy sounding tracks a deeper meaning.
Next to Denmark the album also gained quite a bit of traction in the US. Oh Land “might have made the year’s first great left-field pop album”, the songs are “endlessly catchy” and “the tilting scales of light and dark give the collection a definite creep factor and a clever complexity” – Kerri Mason of Billboard stated. The lead single of the album “Sun of a Gun” remains one of the most popular songs by Oh Land, using a metaphor regarding the orbit of the sun to describe being in love with someone who is “destructive” and “dangerous”. A topic that has remained very much a theme in Oh Land’s songs over time.
Loving also her newest album from 2019, we are very much looking forward to new music from her in 2020 – and to hopefully seeing her live again.