I listen to a lot of different music, but I will always feel at home cranking up quirky alt-rock sung by a quirky alt-rocker singer/guitarist, backed by a band of misfits. Now, I don’t actually know Norway’s Øksendal personally. The band leader, Dagfinn Øksendal, may not be quirky at all. And his band may not be misfits. Regardless, Øksendal’s sound made me feel right at home.
There are a lot of influences here. A couple of tracks, like “Starstruck” for instance, sounded a bit like some long lost collaboration between Pete Yorn and David Bowie. At other times I definitely heard a Neil Young influence, as in the acoustic “Like a Drum.” There is also an occasional hint of David Byrne in Dagfinn’s voice. These references don’t come off as derivative, however. Øksendal’s sound is very cool, and distinctly their own. Good stuff, here.
Dagfinn Øksendal, Kjetil Grande (Producer), Arne Kjelsrud Mathisen (Drums), Ragnar Lillemark (Bass/Slide), Ronny Bøe (Rec/Mix), Brian Lucey (Master), Tony Higginson (Painter).
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