Norwegian songwriter Thomas Dybdahl is master of balancing light and dark, finding the tension beneath a serene surface or what he describes as "those aesthetic choices of taking something beautiful and making it sound not so beautiful." As we've noted, "Dybdahl can easily slip into the modern neo-folk style of his acoustic-toting contemporaries, but there's an adventurous eclectic spirit also at work." Sixth album What's Left Is Forever, just out in Europe and due early next year in the U.S., brings Dybdahl his best shot at cracking the American market thanks to his collaborative relationship with noted producer and bassist Larry Klein (Madeleine Peyroux, Joni Mitchell). Adding a lush undertone to the music, Klein also coaxes Dybdahl into new stylistic territory with a backing band of exceptional L.A. musicians. "It's all in the execution," says Dybdahl of his approach, an explanation that serves to put the finely textured and intricately arranged single "Man On A Wire" in context. Click through to stream "But We Did" and watch a stripped version of "Love Is Here to Stay."
Thomas Dybdahl - "Man On A Wire" (from What's Left Is Forever)
Thomas Dybdahl - "But We Did" (from What's Left Is Forever)