Thursday 24 Apr
 
 

Norman rock well

Norman Music Festival

6 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and noon-2 a.m. Saturday

Downtown Norman

normanmusicfestival.com

Free

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Grouplovin’ it

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.

diamondballroom.net

677-9169

$22-$24

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Hear and now

Hear the Music Tour with The Warren Brothers and Lance Miller

6-10 p.m. Friday

Rodeo Opry

2221 Exchange Ave.

songsforsound.com

$35-$50

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Odyssey of the mind

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey 

with Culture Cinematic and ADDverse Effects

9 p.m. Friday

Twisted Root Gallery

3012 N. Walker Ave.

twistedrootgallery.com

208-4288

$10

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Frndz with benefits

Boyfrndz with Bored Wax and The Hitt Boyz

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge

2408 N. Robinson Ave.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

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Hafdis Huld — Synchronised Swimmers


Gorgeous pop that should take America by storm

Stephen Carradini April 8th, 2011

She may come by it honestly, but I would not be surprised if I heard that Hafdis Huld’s sound was scientifically crafted to perfectly zeitgeist indie music right now.

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Synchronised Swimmers” is the effervescent acoustic pop of The Weepies, only swapping Americans for Icelandic people and introducing banjo into the mix. There is no possible way to dislike this music, unless you’re opposed to things that sound pretty and make you want to sing.

Iceland’s almost-to-be-expected plucky soprano vocals apply here, as Huld’s almost-too-cute voice dominates the proceedings. Her songs are brilliant pop tunes, scoring on almost every track (excluding “Boys and Perfume,” which is an entirely forgettable one). “Action Man” is a gorgeous number with excellent melodies in the verse and chorus, which is rare and welcomed. It always sounds of the verge of exploding into a big, triumphant piece, but it doesn’t, and it’s all the better for it.

“Oldest Friend” is a poignant piece that sticks with me. “Kongulo” is one of the few tracks with guitar chords (instead of finger-picked melodies), and its Spanish-inspired rhythms and chords make it obvious why this was a chart-topping track in Iceland. “Robot Robot” is a quirky love song that would make Ingrid Michaelson jealous. “Homemade Lemonade” is an unabashed and wonderful summer tune. “Vampires” gets a bit too much like The Weepies, what with the male/female duet thing. It’s still nice, though. 

“Synchronised Swimmers” isn’t perfect, but it’s a high A. It’s hard to make unique-but-accessible pop songs, and Huld has at least three or four amazing ones hanging out here. I’m unsure why she hasn’t taken America by storm, but I’m going to say “Give it time” on this one. There’s just no way people with ears can pass up such brilliant, memorable pop. Highly recommended. —Stephen Carradini

 
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