Simen Mitlid – “I Don’t Care” + Vacation”

Simen Mitlid’s upcoming album has been preceded by three singles, the first being “Vacation” and the most recent “I Don’t Care”, released on February 24th. The singer/songwriter from Oslo, Norway has a very refreshing sound, with airy vocals (complemented by serene backing female vocals on “I Don’t Care”) that soar and flutter, especially across the “la-la-la”-ing over acoustical jubilation on this track, in particular. “I don’t care / We’ll all be gone soon anyway,” he repeats in the song’s closing section, a hint of grimness amidst a very harmonious and otherwise effervescent melody and instrumental arsenal. The vocal tone reminds of a more restrained James Mercer.

Another album track, “Vacation” was released last year and pursues a more retrospective, building-up sound reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens. Key twinkles and string flourishes emerge during a chorus, which speaks volumes to Mitlid’s impressive melodic grasp for fluttering ear-candy. “La-la-la”-ing is here as well, though here as a lead-in to a wonderful burst of acoustical intensity around 01:35 that comprises the effort’s most resounding hook. Yet another fine example of developmental songwriting, both these efforts show that Mitlid’s upcoming album is certainly one to look forward to.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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