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Teitur

The Independent, (Album of the Week): “..there’s more than enough evidence here to bear out Teitur’s assertion, in the title-track, that “all my mistakes have become masterpieces”.

The Guardian : “deep, viscous stuff that is never less than extraordinary”

The Sunday Times : ” A wonderfully idiosyncratic talent”.

NME: “Sublimely gifted, Teitur brings the beauty and the blues that recall Guillemots, Josh Rouse and a heart pummelling Sufjan Stevens”

The Fly: “Utterly inspiring”

“Understated, and close to perfection…”

MusicOMH

Look out, the musician’s favourite singer-songwriter is coming to a place near you with a new album. Says KT Tunstall: “he is the sound of melting ice, haunted woods and beautiful honesty” He is Teitur (Tie-tor), a man from the Faroe Islands who turns music into magic beautifully and effortlessly.

In 2002, Teitur was signed by the legendary Doug Morris to Universal Records in the US and in 2003, Teitur released his first album, Poetry & Aeroplanes. Its simple, sincere songs made it a critical hit. He toured the USA and Canada extensively, performed on American chat shows, watched as his songs got snapped up for film soundtracks (My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Aquamarine), and attracted the attention of respected singer-songwriters like Rufus Wainwright, Aimee Mann, KT Tunstall, Ron Sexsmith and John Mayer, all of whom took him on tour. John Mayer said of the album in Esquire Magazine: “..it may be one of the best albums to come around in the last five years..”. Minor radio hits in the US followed, but a real fanbase developed and the album became a cult hit, and rave reviews for gigs helped grow the story. During this time, he managed to co-write a song on the 4 million selling debut album by Corinne Bailey Rae.

In 2006, unhappy with the label’s plans for his future, Teitur’s manager broke the contract and he left Universal. His manager then started his own label just for Teitur, and called it Arlo and Betty Recordings (after his 2 classic Gibson guitars). He released his second album Stay Under The Stars in the same year, a record full of richer writing and bolder characters, which went Gold in Denmark, spawning the huge radio hit, Louis Louis, and established him as a major star in Scandinavia and built his reputation across Continental Europe, with main stage appearances at Roskilde (opening the Festival with Radiohead in 2008), Benicassim, etc. Two Danish Grammies followed. By 2008, he had completed 700 gigs in 20 countries in 4 years, which earned him the reputation of one of the hardest working artists on the road.

In 2007, Teitur fulfilled a lifetime ambition by releasing an album in his mother tongue, Kata Hornid, before beginning work in late that year on The Singer, recorded in a Swedish Princesses house in Gotland, released in 2008 in Europe and early 2009 in the UK, his first album to be issued in Britain.

The Singer garnered five star reviews in The Guardian (“deep, viscous stuff that is never less than extraordinary”) and The Independent (“a rare beast”), while the Sunday Times praised the singer-songwriter’s ” wonderfully idiosyncratic talent”.

The Singer Included The Girl I Don’t Know, with its swaggering Spaghetti Western guitars and dark, mournful horns; and the jaunty Catherine The Waitress, which Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie liked so much they invited Teitur in for a session, helping his reputation grow, and pointing fans towards his series of successful shows across Britain.

Then in October 2009, the UK only release album ‘All My Mistakes’, a kind of “introduction to/best of” took us through the last seven years of Teitur’s glittering career and revealed the marvellous jewels from his back catalogue. Achieving his second Album of The Week in The Independent, Andy Gill wrote of the album:
“..there’s more than enough evidence here to bear out Teitur’s assertion, in the title-track, that “all my mistakes have become masterpieces”.

Teitur continued his career development in many ways, producing and writing for a major French artist, Nolwenn; co-writing and performing with American Contemporary film musician Nico Muhly (who scored the film The Reader), writing for other artists and all the time continued writing songs for his next album.

During 2010, Teitur recorded his stunning album Let the Dog drive home in Denmark and mixed it in Norway, an album which combines the quality of songs from his first album, with the broad appeal of his second, and some of the coolness of the third, The Singer.

Autumn 2013 sees Teitur’s new album Story Music to be released.

In April, well respected singer/songwriter Teitur went into the stunning recording studio, Studio Bloch in the Faroe Islands, recently built in a converted Ice Factory by his long time sound engineer Jonas Bloch Danielsen, to start recording his new album, Story Music. Built around a collection of his strongest new songs, reflecting a long held belief in the power of storytelling as a base human emotion and instinct,  Teitur once again produced, with mixing duties principally by long time collaborator George Tandero (A-ha, Lene Marlin, Magnet etc), and others mixed by Jonas and respected Dutch producer, Reyn.

To record the album, the first he has recorded in the Faroes, Teitur used local musicians wherever possible to augment his playing, conjuring up minimal to full blown soundscapes around each song.

Says Teitur:

“Story Music. It’s new composition music and storytelling. The musicians are mostly Faroe Islands locals between the age of 9-86, there was about 60 of them in total. It’s performed and sung live for the most part. All the arrangements are by me except one which is by Van Dyke Parks and there is one harp arrangement by Nico Muhly. There are ring dances, palindrome songs, repetitions, Disney-like songs, choirs, songs with two chords only, monotony, Michala Petri, cave recordings, drone feedback guitars, embarrasing silence and lots more.  But it’s just Story Music.”

As Teitur indicates above, the album includes arrangements by New York based wunderkind Nico Muhly (Grizzly Bear, Bjork, Anthony & the Johnsons) who Teitur has previously collaborated with on Contemporary musical projects, and uber arranger Van Dyke Parks (Beach Boys, The Byrds, Randy Newman, Joanna Newsom etc.). The legendary Mr Parks saw Teitur play as show in the US in 2012 and contacted him about arranging a song, which ended up being the beautiful and filmic arrangement of the track “It’s not funny anymore”, the only song recorded outside the Faroes, which was recorded in Holland with a 30 piece Orchestra of the finest classical musicians, and recorded and mixed by Dutchman, Reyn.

The first single, “Rock and Roll band”, is an homage to the kinds of bands of a previous era, like the Rolling Stones, who recorded albums in far flung countries with entourages and a “sound” to carry them along the way.

Teitur’s world tour starts in Denmark on the 19th September and will take him through most of Europe, to South America in December, and North America and elsewhere in 2014…