Teitur - Let the Dog Drive Home

Since his debut in 2003, Danish singer/songwriter Teitur Lassen has quietly made a name for himself throughout Europe, garnering strong reviews, awards and airplay. A tireless and engaging performer, the Faroe Islands native has shared the stage with the likes of Aimee Mann and John Mayer (who called his '03 debut album "one of the best albums to come around in the last five years") and developed a growing cult of American fans. Let the Dog Drive Home, Teitur's fourth English album, confirms his stature as a performer and writer of wry imagination and intelligence, delivering a dozen new songs that skillfully walk the fine line between artful and accessible. Released in Europe in October of 2010, the album finally arrived in the U.S. digitally this week.

Shifting away from his more stripped down, darker and more experimental 2008 album The Singer, Let the Dog Drive Home is a mostly upbeat and elegant affair, engaging Teitur's superb melodic sense and semi-sweet tenor with a warm and expansive production bed. Like his acclaimed second album Stay Under the Stars (2006), Dog is a practically a primer on modern pop songwriting, able to combine artful imagery with supple, even stately, melodic structure all while maintaining a light touch (the amusing cover hints at what's in store). We're enchanted by it all, from the delicate, shuffling "Freight Train" to the tastefully orchestrated gem "You Never Leave L.A." to the heavenly pop hooks embedded throughout "Betty Hedges". 

 

Teitur - "Betty Hedges" (from the album Let the Dog Drive)

Teitur - "You Never Leave L.A." (from the album Let the Dog Drive)

Tour Dates:

2.1 Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
2.2 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
2.4 San Francisco, CA @ Cafe DuNord
2.6 Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Restaurant & Music Club
2.9 San Diego, CA @ Anthology
2.10 Los Angeles @ Largo
2.17 Nashville, TN @ The Basement
2.18 Atlanta, GA @ The Five Spot
2.19 Athens, GA @ UGA Performing Arts Centre
2.20 Lexington, KY @ Natasha's Bistro
2.22 Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest Cafe
2.23 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
2.24 Vienna, VA @ Jammin' Java
2.25 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
2.29 Old Saybrook, CT @ Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
3.1 Albany, NY @ WAMC Performing Arts Studio
3.2 S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
3.3 Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim
3.4 Wakefield, QC, CAN @ Black Sheep Inn
3.6 Toronto, ON, CAN @ Great Hall on Queen Street
3.7 London, ON, CAN @ London Music Club
3.8 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
3.10 Evanston, IL @ S.P.A.C.E.