The first time I saw Jeremy on stage I was struck by how refreshing it was to - for once - see two young singer/songwriters with guitars who did not exhaust you with their worries and whining, but rather expressed the unfiltered joy of playing music.
It may sound strange and unexeptional, but it's actually pretty rare these days.
Jeremy is Lars Christian Olsen and Øivind Hatleskog, a young duo hailing from Stavanger, a large town south of Bergen, Norway. Friends since high school, the pair bonded over an innate love for simple, charming, and highly melodic sunshine-pop music – and that clearly defines the sound of Jeremy.
The passion for unashamed pop transformed their earliest incarnation as a exuberant three chord punk outfit into the whimsical, harmony-strewn popsicle that their forthcoming debut album is all set to deliver. It is a sound that joins the dots between some of Norway’s most treasured possessions; Annie, The Lionheart Brothers, Kings of Convenience, Magnet, Sondre Lerche, and even A-Ha, but throws a kaleidoscope of colour over these acts combined, to channel an upbeat, but typically Scandi charm and radiance.
The pair hooked up with respected producers HP Gundersen and Kato Adland (Sondre Lerche) in their Bergen based studio to record their first full length record, “Smells Like Rain, Feels Like The Sun”.
Pre-empting its release is “Silly Love Songs”, a track that effortlessly merges Brian Wilson favoured harmonies with a genteel melody-showering akin to a lost Simon & Garfunkel or Teenage Fanclub track. With this shared fondness for spiralling melodies, and keenly affective song structure, the duo are a genuine and intriguing new musical partnership.
Performing live, Lars and Øivind are joined by a full band to allow their songs to soar and further strengthen those sweet harmonies.
It’s argued that the best and most lasting of bands keep their most fabled songs simple – Jeremy stay close to that adage, letting a swooning harmony and tumbling, deft melody very much speak for itself.
Meet Lars, meet Øivind and meet Jeremy. Propping up pop then, albeit gently.
Schedule: June Norwegian Single release - "Silly Love Songs"
September 8th International single release - "Silly Love Songs"
August Date TBA Norwegian single release "Make Love Not War" (Redux no. 2)
September 15th Norwegian "Smells like rain, feels like the sun" album release
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