One of the busiest and most varied musicians to turn up in the last couple of decades, Erlend Øye‘s name keeps turning up all over the place. If you haven’t come across him before, you have a lot to look forward to.
In addition to appearing on Röyksopp‘s debut album Melody AM, and being an integral part of both Kings of Convenience and The Whitest Boy Alive, he also has a solo career. You’ll probably remember him best for Poor Leno.
Where to start
His 2003 musical journey across Europe Unrest is both unique and brilliant, and on top of that it seems to have been largely overlooked, so it would seem a good place to kick off.
What to buy
His DJ Kicks album (2004) is one of the best you could hope to come across, so would be a good place to go next. Then introduce yourself to The Whitest Boy Alive with Dreams (2006) before coming right up to date with his latest solo work Legao. You can grab Rules later too, if you like.
Don’t bother with
Nothing – in fact, bother with everything. Oh, by the way, we’ll cover Kings of Convenience separately in a few weeks.
The lovely recent one-off La prima estate, and the single version of Sheltered Life, both of which are worth finding.