Green Sky Accident is a noise-folk/indie pop band from Bergen, Norway. They formed as a duo some years ago, and released their debut album Drops of Colour in 2009. In those days, the founding members lived in different cities and they did their collaboration electronically. Since then, they’ve blossomed into a four-piece and they’ve set Bergen as the band’s home base.
I had never heard of this band until I got something in the mailbag a few days ago promoting the release of their new album Fever Dreams, which will be out on January 30 via Ghost Town Distribution and Promotion
The band lists guitar-driven indie rock giants Dinosaur Jr and Superchunk among their influences, and it’s pretty easy to hear those noisy guitars in their music. Today’s song won’t necessarily remind one of those bands. Instead, today’s song reminds me more of The Rural Alberta Advantage. Other songs remind me of Pia Fraus, but this one smells like the great RAA. Perhaps because of the drumming, perhaps because of the vocal harmonies, perhaps because of something else. I dunno.
Today’s song, by the way, got its name from a Norwegian music festival held on the tiny island of Flatøy. As explained in their bio:
After a night on Flatøy Rock Festival a summer evening in August, the song was made in a dream. The song is about accidental acquaintances that you wish led to something more than just that, and the melody has a nostalgic but direct touch. The headache through the dream was made into the insistent tribal drums that drive the song forward, and it ends in a cacophony of sound.
Anyway, this is that song:
“Flatøy” by Green Sky Accident
Apart from the things that I’ve already mentioned, I also love that they use a ukulele where a lot of bands might have used a jangly guitar. I’m a sucker for a ukulele. I’m also a sucker for vocal harmonies like the ones in this song. At first, I assumed that there was a woman in the band, but it turns out that one of the guys sings in a beautiful falsetto.
This song is so warm and bright and spring-like. It warrants several repeated listens. The rest of the album is also very good, but this is a standout track. It was released a couple of weeks ago as a single, and the album will follow on January 30.
I can’t figure out if there’s a pre-sale, or even if there’s a label website to go to. Their promotions/distribution firm has a good deal with all of the electronic retailers, so you should have no problem finding a place to buy a download on January 30.