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Thursday 29 June 2017

REVIEWS: 'Oh Land' by John Meagher

John Meagher

John Meagher

Nanna Oland Fabricius, a 26-year-old ex-ballerina from Denmark, is the latest in a long line of Scandinavians blessed with an ability to mine pop gold.

This album, her second (debut Fauna was limited to a Denmark-only release in 2008), is packed with memorable, gloriously catchy songs that lie somewhere between Feist and Emiliana Torrini.

Although some stellar names are credited -- Pharrell Williams, Hot Chip/MIA producer Dan Carey among them -- this album does not feel like cynically manipulated major-label pop.

A self-taught multi-instrumentalist who sings in heavily accented English, there's something rough and ready amid the high-gloss production.

Half-a-dozen tracks would make the A-list on any radio station and it's easy to see why -- here are some of the most immediately appealing songs you'll hear this year.

Son of a Gun is a gloriously appealing number with an electronica backdrop not a million miles from Little Boots (remember her?), while Voodoo is seemingly tailor-made for late-night dancefloors.

The quality may peter out a little towards the end, but on the whole this is exemplary bittersweet pop to show that Danish music -- with Agnes Obel and Efterklang leading the charge -- is in ruddy good health.

Note: the album is released on MP3 today but you'll have to wait until September for CD and vinyl.

Meanwhile, Oh Land is set to support Katy Perry in the O2 on November 7 and 8, but a standalone Irish date is expected to be announced soon.

Burn it: Voodoo; Son of a Gun; Wolf & I

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