Published Aug 11, 2008In my blog coverage of the Øya Festival, I unfortunately had to miss Ingeborg Selnes, an extremely talented Norwegian songstress, because we had difficulties with our photo pass. The least I felt I could do was feature her in this column, since she is unbelievably talented and I expect her to catch on whenever she gets her ticket to travel outside of her native land.
It's impossible not to point out how she shares similarities with fellow Nordic peers like Lykke Li, Frida Hyvonen and of course, Bjørk. But there's a gorgeously vulnerable crackling in Ingeborg's voice that is hard not to compare to Leslie Feist, as well as her almost jazzy inflections, which shake with perfect ease.
A new album called The Zoo arrived this year, and what d'ya know, Selnes has put four of the cuts up for download free of charge on her MySpace page. It's pretty short, clocking in at 1:22, but I feel "Jingle Those Bells" is the stand out, with its sparse arrangement consisting only of Selnes' soft-as-snow, unmistakably Scandinavian accent and a fragile keyboard just barely accompanying her. Mesmerizing stuff.
Ingeborg Selnes "Jingle Those Bells"