I Was a King Old Friends

I Was a King Old Friends
Norwegian band I Was A King are the latest addition to the Sounds Familyre family, and based on sophomore effort Old Friends, they are in pretty good company. And that company has been showing up in the studio with them, including the likes of Sufjan Stevens during the recording of their first album, although the mainstays of the band are Frode Strømstad and Anne Lise Frøkedal. The album is a bit of a chaotic mess, or rather it would be if not for the tunes. No matter what else is going on, there's a good song beneath it all. Admittedly, it might be hidden behind some musical saw or some of the general cacophony scattered throughout. Nevertheless, I Was A King are at their most effective when they keep the chaos dialled down to a suitable level, and when they do the overall effect is like a mix between Danielson and Half-Handed Cloud, which shouldn't be a huge surprise since members of both contribute to the record. While not thoroughly satisfying, Old Friends has some fine moments and with more focus on the songs, less on the freaking out and a few less contributors, I Am A King could produce something much more impressive. (Sounds Familyre)