ARTIST: TELLEF RAABE
LABEL: RIOT FACTORY
2012 (DEBUT) STRANGER THAN THE REST (RAABE RECORDS)
2014 (EP) OF SMITH’S FRIENDS (RAABE RECORDS)
2015 (SINGLES) DEAR APHRODITE (RF), FAYE DUNAWAY (RF), 1+1+1 (RF), (EP)GYMNOPAEDIA
2016 (SINGLE) KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS (JAN)
TC SET: SATURDAY – Dokkhuset– 00.30
The release of Tellef Raabe’s latest single, ‘Flying on the Ground’ is a timely coincidence, coming as it does in the midst of our Trondheim themed series. Tellef is TCs closing headline act, wrapping the festival with his live set, late into Saturday night and the wee hours of Sunday!
It is a bizarre fact that every time I play a track by Tellef Raabe, the depth and sonorousness of his voice still catch me by surprise. Raabe has an exquisitely rich baritone voice and alongside Susanne Sundfor, quite possibly the clearest diction & pronunciation with which I have heard any Norwegian vocalist sing. His bio doesn’t tell me if he’s had his voice trained – but if he hasn’t, then that makes his perfect pitch and breath control all the more astonishing.
‘Flying on the Ground’ his new single, is a very 80s oriented Euro electro-pop/dance track, choc full of catchy hooks, dreamy melodies and swathes of electronica, with delicious female harmonies courtesy of the protagonists sister, Sigrid Raabe. Tellef writes his own songs and given the highly romantic nature of the lyrics, one must assume that he is a man who is in love with love, or at least the sentiment.
‘Flying on the Ground’ is a delightful love song, with a sweet uplifting nature and a catchy rhythmical beat. A romantic flight of fancy, it whisks me off at high speed on a virtual Eurostar bullet train back to late 80s France, azure blue skies, dazzling sun shining down on fields of golden wheat, a warm breeze perfumed by wildflowers and …
In demand by arty types to compose for both film and theatre, Tellef is also busy working on his debut album as well as doing a short EU tour. As I said at the outset, the tour includes a stint at Trondheim, and in a few days time, this will afford me the opportunity of seeing this consummate and hugely talented singer/songwriter perform live with his touring 5-piece band. I have a strong feeling it will be a total pleasure!
Tellef’s new single, ‘Flying on the Ground’ in on release now via Riot Factory and available for download via Bandcamp. Tellef plays the headline set at Trondheim Calling on Saturday 6th February – see here for tickets.
Check out the schedule dates for Tellef’s ‘Idiographic Tour’ …
06.02 Trondheim Calling
21.02 Nordklang, St. Gallen, CH
01.04 Parkteateret, Oslo
02.04 Samfundet, Trondheim
07.04 Hulen, Bergen