When 19-year-old Norwegian Thomas Dybdahl released his two first EPs 'Bird' & 'John Wayne' in 2000-2001 he appeared as nothing but a small blip on the musical radar in Norway. Interest was piqued somewhat by the single "Love's Lost", but it wasn't until his debut album '...that great October sound' in 2002 that he got people's attention for real. With a dogmatic one-microphone-only approach, a soulful tenor voice, an intimate acoustic sound and good songs, he soon found his way onto the airwaves in Norway. What followed was a slew of great reviews, awards and a growing fan base all over the world.
In addition to being a solo artist he has made a career composing for film and theatre. For his first score he received the Norwegian 'Amanda' award, the highest honor for a film composer. He has also worked as a producer, songwriter and as a front man in the band The National Bank, as well as guesting with other acts ranging from Morcheeba to French singer Melanie Pain all the way to folk icon Judy Collins.
Having the reputation as a ''musician's musician'', he was quickly discovered by a host of other artist like Elvis Costello, Jamie Cullum and taste makers like LA's indie radio station KCRW and one of his early fans was Grammy Award winning music producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Tracy Chapman). The two worked together on Thomas' 2013 album 'What's Left Is Forever', which was nominated for a Grammy the following year, as well as 2018's 'All These Things', which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
The 2020 release Fever was produced, written and recorded by Thomas Dybdahl & Håvard Rosenberg in Thomas' own 1micadventure studio in Stavanger, Norway. During the recording of the album's first single, "45", the two used an old Tandberg 2 track recorder Thomas inherited from his grandfather, on which all guitars were recorded. On this tape recorder, Dybdahl and Rosenberg found old recordings of Thomas' father and uncles discussing their dreams for their future as kids in the 1960s. This conversation inspired the lyrical theme of the new single - a take on the old 'get the hell out of this small town, before it's too late' tale, as well as a contemplation on ambition and goals while getting older. Some things you might not be able to do for yourself, but maybe there's a chance to help someone else achieve their dreams.
In an interview with FrontView Magazine, Dybdahl explained that "Our setup and goal was simple enough: we wanted to make a soulful guitar record that didn't feel like a guitar record and that sounded both old and fresh at the same time. With good writing and a beat that would make you dance, preferably. We would listen to everything that gave us a kick. Anything from classic artists like Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, Bill Withers, Serge Gainsbourgh, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Bobby Gentry and Sly to newer soul artists like D'Angelo, Raphael Saadiq and Michael Kiwanuka was blasted to get the creative juices flowing."
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- Then There Was You
- Call Me By Your Name
- Dance the Pain Away
- The Last Song