Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Boy Omega

Martin Henrik Gustafsson has been writing and recording music since a young age; after putting out several releases with various collaborators, he started working under the name Boy Omega in around 2000/2001. Martin lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, and according to the biog on the Boy Omega website, is something of a prolific songwriter; he apparently has in the region of 200 Boy Omega songs stored on his computer and spends most of his time in his apartment, writing and recording new material. The website also reveals that Boy Omega frequently becomes an orchestra, complete with cello, violin and piano; on the most recent tour, for example, the band consisted of Martin plus an additional seven members.

Boy Omega
has two full-length albums out, as well as various singles and EPs, all of which are available from the website, where you can also hear a lot more songs (including a very nice cover of The Magnetic Fields' Papa Was A Rodeo); you'll find more songs on the MySpace page, as well. The song featured here is taken from the latest Boy Omega album, The Black Tango, which came out in March of this year, but pick any song to listen to at random, and I doubt you'll be disappointed. This is very good stuff: all spare arrangements, lovely melodies and warm vocals. It kind of puts me in mind of Bright Eyes, only, well... better. Much, much better.

This is the third time I've tried to post this - the first two times I ended up losing everything and having to start again. Damn you, Blogger, damn you! I need a drink.

MP3: By Midnight We'll Give It A Go

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