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MARCH 20, 2007
Band to Watch: Ehlers/Thejsen

Ehlersthejsen Nick Drake isn't dead. He's alive and well and living under an assumed name in Denmark. Two assumed names actually: Ehlers/Thejsen. In reality Danish duo Morten Ehlers and Jonas Thejsen do a pretty damn good job of keeping the '70s singer/songwriter's vibe going strong. This pair makes gorgeous loungy music in a pure '70s AM radio style with soothing soulful vocals and glistening light and plucky acoustic guitar. They're backed by Marie Højlund, whose beautiful harmonies perfectly complement Thejsen's deeper yet lofty voice. Add in some wind instruments, cello and piano and you get a smoky jazzy groove on the melancholy "Echoes," while the upbeat and slightly psychedelic "Yes We Fixed Your World" shines a little hope on the darkness and negativity that abounds today. This music is a perfect discovery coming into spring -- its light and airy feeling is the ultimate soundtrack for a lazy hazy morning with the sun rising out over the lake when you want to blow off work and frolick in the park. In a nutshell, I just got turned on to Ehlers/Thejsen and I'm an instant fan -- I absolutely love this music. Their self-titled debut comes out April 2 on Denmark's Warfare Records.

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