Published Feb 29, 2008Adding to the increasingly long list of artists severing ties with EMI, Kings of Convenience have announced their split with the major label. Via the groups MySpace, the Norwegian folk duo said they are no longer with EMI Records, changing their record label to "????? They also added that the reported spring release dates for their untitled third record (fourth if you count their Kindercore debut that was re-recorded to become Quiet is the New Loud) that are circulating the Internet are false.
However, on their MySpace message Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe appear to be fine with the split and confirm that new material is indeed in the works. Here is what they had to say:
After some small tours in Norway during the autumn/winter, were getting pretty confident about nine of the new songs. But still nothing recorded and ready to go, mostly because we are not sure about HOW to record it. I have seen "news of our new record coming out in April. This is not based in reality. It seems also we are no longer with EMI records. But life is good. The rain only lasts for an hours or so here in Bergen, then we can walk around in and breathe the fresh air and figure out something useful to spend the day doing.
And while it now looks like fans may have to wait a bit longer for recorded material, Kings of Convenience are road-testing new material with a string of tour dates, where they will be playing Korea in April, Sweden in May and Portugal July 22 at Casa da Musica.
In other Kings of Convenience news, an animated portrait of Erlend Øye by American artist Brain Alfread is now showing at the Haunch of Venison in Berlin, Germany, until March 22.
Kings of Convenience "I'd Rather Dance With You"