I’ve been lucky enough to experience the music of Norwegian singerĀ Tellef Raabe in the most cliched of Scandinavian situations: playing in front of a roaring fire, animal head mounted above him, in a log cabin in a snowy forest somewhere north of Trondheim. Yet 24-year-old Raabe is a very modern musician with a wry, knowing outlook on life and music… meaning it’s not just a dreamy baritone he shares with kindred spirit Jens Lekman.

‘Dear Aphrodite’ is the first single to be taken from Raabe’s eagerly awaited debut album due out in the autumn; a “comment on modern sexuality” which name-checks David Bowie’s ‘Modern Love’ within the first line, the song is a gleaming 80s indie ballad, all chrome guitars and late-night, last slow dance in the club vibes, topped off with Raabe’s delicious croon delivering withering put-downs on casual sex: “Dear Aphrodite, touching you just makes the time pass…”

It all bodes well for that debut album for the excellent folks at Riot Factory, and until we hear more songs from this man out of time you can listen to ‘Dear Aphrodite’ below:



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