They gained attention after several European festival performances in 1999 and two years later, their debut album was released. Quiet is the new loud consisted of 12 tracks, all inconspicuously acoustic.
Kings of Convenience's sound is like a pleasant massage, when you close your eyes and just shut down, with only the smooth tones and inviting voice to process your soul.
The duo took a break for a few years after it appeared that the two men didn't have the same direction with music. Øye wanted to make music so he recorded his solo album during the break, and started collaborating with fellow citizens downbeat-electronica Röyksopp. He also started the group The Whitest Boy Alive in 2003. Bøe used the pause to finish his psychological degree.
Øye and Bøe paired up again and recorded their second album, Riot on an empty street, which was released in 2004. Kings of Convenience convinced with the new album and improved the sound which made it all the more unique. The two tracks Homesick and I'd Rather Dance With You became very popular.
The ideal live performance would be on a quiet beach somewhere in Asia, when the sun is about to set and the wind chills perfectly. The duo are impeccable live, the sound is even more amazing. Instead of trying to focus on jumping in front of the audience, their concentration is fully devoted to the music, which makes the crowd's attention 100 % devoted to it as well.
It was after Declaration of Dependence (2009) that the real success began. The album was made of all songs written during their five years long break, and kept the group's trademarks on track. They went on tour and visited far places such as Jakarta, Taiwan and the Philippines but also played numerous times in the U.S.
Even though it is not on a beach, don't miss the charming Norwegian geeks at Dcode festival in Madrid in September.
Visit their Myspace here.