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Sebastian Waldejer – Touch of Souls Single & New Album

Sebastian Waldejer

Sweden has its own particular brand of sunny pop – often slightly cartoonish at times – but I would have no idea what to expect from a Norwegian record. More of the same? Darker? Who knows. Well Sebastian Waldejer is from Norway, and may be the first from that country to weasel his way into my music collection.

Actually, he could be Scottish. I know Scotland is virtually Scandinavian anway *Toad hastily ducks flying Buckfast bottle* so this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the Scots have a distinct brand of almost-sunny pop that this album could fit nicely into. It’s not as sunshiney as West Coast stuff – there’s a slightly darker edge to it than that – but it has a very laid-back, Sunday afternoon feel to it. You can imagine playing this as the late-afternoon sun streams in through your windows and you contemplate the fact that you’ve not really achieved any of things you promised yourself you would this weekend. And you don’t really care. So if you’d like a large slice of laid-back loveliness in your life, this may well be the man for you!

Sebastian has a new single out tomorrow called Touch of Soul which will be available digitally. Keep an eye on his new MySpace page to purchase it. For his older stuff, including the Porcelain Baby EP from which these two sample songs are taken, you want this page. He has an album approaching shortly if you like what you hear, presumably available via the first of those links.

Sebastian Waldejer – Porcelain Baby
Sebastian Waldejer – If I Could

7 witty ripostes to Sebastian Waldejer – Touch of Souls Single & New Album

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    dear sir, i think something is wrong with the song links, as they aren’t cooperating.

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    I think you will find that this is because I am an idiot.

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    oh, now, don’t be so hard on yourself. absentminded might be more like it. besides, i went to his myspace page and got them plus another one, which i probably wouldn’t have done had your links worked.

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    Hooray for incompetence! Well they’re fixed now anyway. What do you reckon? He can be a little ‘nice’ for me at times I think, but he’s definitely got something.

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    oh, i like it. i’m a sucker for scandinavians at any rate, and i like the acoustic guitar. you describe it well.

    however, i know what you mean by “nice.” in fact i was going to comment about that in your latest podcast post, in that i agree with you that sometimes you can’t tell whether a band is going to be too middle of the road (dad rockish) to enjoy just from listening to one or two songs. very hard to judge when you only hear a sample of someone’s work.

    i once read an insightful comment about the band zero 7, something about them being one lush chord away from being elevator music, which i thought said it pretty well. god forbid i listen to music that doesn’t have some sort of edge to it.

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    Hell, I even liked Keane’s first single. It was just when an album of the same damn thing over and over again followed it became completely unbearable.

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    exactly. you can forgive the errant m.o.r sounding song if the rest is varied and meaty enough. but if they lapse into it on the whole, then into the trash they go! well, make that into the resale pile. : )

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