Monday, October 02, 2006


I was at The Independent tonight with Elaine and Don and fewer than 100 other folks to see Teitur. Teitur Lassen is a 28 year old singer-songwriter from the Faroe Islands in Denmark and, as we discovered, he is amazing in concert. He sung alone with his guitar and also with his band (a drummer, a bass player, a violinist and Tobias Fröberg as a guest back-up singer). And, although it was Monday and the crowd was sparse, he delivered a performance that was both delicate and powerful.

I first heard a Teitur song in the summer of 2003 on KZSU and I was transfixed. I hunted down his just-released album Poetry and Aeroplanes (Amazon, iTunes) and have listened to its emotional and nuanced content scores of times since. Observant readers might have noticed that it is one of the discs “stuck in the cd player” and cuts from it have been mentioned in several postings.

Mysteriously, despite its very catchy melodies Poetry and Aeroplanes never received mainstream radio play, a fate that his sophomore effort may suffer as well. Stay Under the Stars (Amazon, iTunes) was released in the US on September 5th on Equator, a new label. It is an outstanding follow-up, and its music displays even greater maturity and a talent for lyric construction that is rare for performers of any age.

Standout tracks are Louis, Louis, Umbrellas in the Rain, All My Mistakes and the hidden Baby You Don’t Ever – and they all sounded better tonight than on the CD. However, I fear they may go ignored as music promotion is a strange business. It requires hard work (Teitur played more than 300 times in 2004) and quite a bit of luck, something Teitur has yet to receive in abundance here in the States. Sadly, the element he is most blessed with, talent, may matter the least. Perhaps one of his tunes will be selected to close an episode of Gray’s Anatomy or the O.C. and then he will become a household name.

Teitur’s North American tour wraps up this week with shows in Los Angeles tomorrow and Wednesday and a final performance in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday. If you are anywhere near The Largo or the Coach House, find a way to see him before he returns to Europe.

Watch the music video for Louis, Louis

The opening song from the show and my favorite from the new album:
Don't Want You to Wake Up


At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YME doesn't have 'stay under the stars' ready for listening yet, but i went back and re-listened to 'poetry and aeroplanes'. it is obvious teitur has talent and passion. i can imagine he is great in concert.

so far only one of the songs really grabbed me - the first track 'sleeping with the lights on'. 'you're the ocean' is nice too. thrown a little by the accent ("there's nutty nuff time...")

the remaining tracks remind me of a nice blend of nora jones-influenced modern indie folk, but haven't grabbed hold yet.

i should know most great albums are no good upon first listen (witness most of the pixies discography, as well as many of my favorite albums), so i'll keep this one in the rotation for a while.

thanks paul,


At 11:29 AM, Blogger paul said...


Insightful commentary, as always. Let me know when you are ready to become Music Editor for aloct.

The track from P&A that grabbed me immediately was "I Was Just Thinking," written when he was 16. From there I embraced the songs you identified as well as the simple One and Only, the title track and Josephine. He played all of those last night and told the story behind Josephine. It is about a childhood playmate. Now I understand the "are you still kissing cowboys that cry?" question.

btw, if you can find it, Dreaming in Two Hour Drives (a single on iTunes) is a great too.



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