Eirik Glambek Bøe is best known as one-half of Norwegian folk-pop duo Kings Of Convenience. His side project, Kommode, with former Skog bandmates has been floating around since 2006. More than 10 years after forming the band have announced their debut LP, Analog Dance Music. “Captain Of Your Sinking Ship” is the second single off the album and it’s tropical pop at its best. Glambek Bøe’s calming, velvety vocals are unmistakable. Combined with a perfectly balanced arrangement of acoustic and analogue instruments, “Captain Of Your Sinking Ship” is effortless and satisfying, casual indie pop.
Glambek Bøe carries the intimate production from Kings of Convenience’s three studio albums into Kommode’s debut with the band’s intricate melodies feeling familiar. The harmonies are sophisticated and nuanced, demonstrating their masterly hold on the genre and ultimately adding to Kommode’s subtle danceability.
The first single “Fight or Flight or Dance All Night” is no different, pointing towards their low-key disco vibe. The stronger instrumentation is a refreshing shift from Glambek Bøe’s previous projects, with synths, horns and more prominent bass lines providing greater depth and dynamic range for the band’s obvious songwriting ability. These new dynamics make the LP more interesting and allow Kommode to carry their groove further than Kings of Convenience could within their genre limitations.