Producer – Nicolai Dunger, Will Oldham. Producer, Engineer, Mixed By, Recorded By – Paul Oldham. Violin – Jessica Billey. Tranquil Isolation (CDr, Album, Promo). Virgin, Dolores Recordings, Virgin. 44 2 1, DOL 114, CDVIR 182.
Producer – Nicolai Dunger, Will Oldham. Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Harmonica, Photography By – Nicolai Dunger. Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Photography By – Will Oldham. Written-By – Claus Wilhelm Nicolai Dunger. OC 17. Nicolai Dunger. Tranquil Isolation (CD, Album).
Nicolai Dunger's greatest asset is his voice. He's a wholly original singer- comparisons to Tim Buckley and Van. What's most appealing about his new album, Tranquil Isolation, is its stripped-down acoustic setting: more than his past albums, this one is carried mostly by his singing. Even though at heart he's a singer/songwriter, Dunger's music is hard to pin down. He's wandered through many styles, from the lush pop arrangements of his last release (2001's Soul Rush) to the quizzical instrumentals and jazzbo sidemen on The Vinyl Trilogy, three experimental records that sold in the hundreds
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Nicolai Dunger – Tranquil Isolation. Dunger, a Swedish ex-footballer, crept onto the radar a couple of years ago when he toured with an admiring Mercury Rev and released the heady Soul Rush, an unusually fruitful grapple with the legacies of Van Morrison and Tim Buckley. Those influences are still apparent in Dunger’s throaty and supple vocals. On his excellent third album, however, the music is stripped back to a kind of easy-going, rumbustious folk blues, fitting given the notable participation of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
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If Soul Rush brought Nicolai Dunger to America's attention (via Lakeshore's domestic release), the Swedish singer/songwriter kicks things up a notch with Tranquil Isolation. This time he actually recorded in the States - specifically the state of Kentucky - with such quintessentially American musicians as Will and Paul Oldham of the Palace Brothers.
Nicolai Dunger boasts an exotic biography, one that begins in a Swedish burg 12 hours north of Stockholm and includes a promising soccer career cast off in favor of the musical muse. He's possesses enviable indie credentials as well: after all, this disc was recorded with Will Oldham (Palace, Bonnie "Prince" Billy) and released by Overcoat Recordings, home of Richard Buckner and the Frames. And then there are his decidedly retro influences: on Tranquil Isolation, Dunger dedicates a tune to Tim Hardin, references Jonathan Richman, and massages vocal melodies like Van Morrison. With a little bit of focus, Dunger might have a truly great album somewhere in him. Tranquil Isolation is more of a slightly blurry snapshot than a truly definitive document. But it's worth a listen nonetheless.
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