What's Left Is Forever
A star in his home country, Thomas Dybdahl's reputation is spreading rapidly, the NME dubbing him "Norway's Nick Drake". Like the tragic folkie, Dybdahl combines acoustic guitars, gently brushed snare drums and ghostly orchestrations. However, he's not that easily pinned down. Named after a Ryan Adams album, Easy Tiger also shares the American's penchant for eerie hushed country. The tongue-twistingly titled I Never Knew That What I Didn't Know Could Kill Me has something of the ghostly atmosphere of John Martyn's My Creator. Elsewhere, though, Dybdahl's world-weary whisper journeys into a Jeff Buckley falsetto while his music explores Isley Brothers-type Soft Funk. At heart, the Norwegian seems to be chasing an intangible, delicate spirituality; a carefully crafted atmosphere which does not welcome much intrusion. Electric guitars burst ever so briefly into the gentle Shine, while Man On a Wire almost immediately decides better of it's brassy introductory riff. At his most airy, he can start to sound lightweight or inconsequential, but at best he treads an exquisite line between the physical and ethereal.