It should been a review of the new disc Ida Jenshus - which came out today.
But it was also not. For Norway, namely a strange little country. Nice, safe and rich and all that - by all means, but there are some wacky rules out there.
One of the most important rules is that small niche blogs should not have access to pre-listen to the plates before they come out.
It is quite frankly pretty little music coming out in Norway for the time that is particularly exciting. Either Jan Fredrik Karlsen had their hyperactive fingers in it and destroyed enough talent, or is it simply repetitive stuff that we've heard before.
One of the few boards that have gotten me a bit excited Ida Jenshus' new album, No Guarantees. I am very VERY happy in the first album of her, and I've heard of singles from the new work not one iota less promising.
Ida has Norway's best country voice, and set so miles ahead of anyone else to attempt to become the same genre in this country. She also plays properly americana-country toward such. Emmylou Harris, Neko Case and grittier Austin-country, and thankfully not dance band country as all these Wedvik and what is now called everyone together. She writes amazing great tunes, and should, strictly speaking already been gigantic in Austin.
Back to the plate. The album is promised to come out on LP, and since this rarely or never happens simultaneously with cd - and I the prefer buying LPs, so I thought I'd do a little advance against management to get an advance listen while I waited for that the LP should be available. I like the fact to have the review ready for release.
Fair enough, Listen ... listen now! Not Norway's biggest music blog, so far from there. But there are quite a few hundred readers back each week. As generally has a pretty similar taste in music with the writer here. And so it must be right in the target audience for the disc.
Mailer was sent out, and the artist contacted on Twitter. But not a sound.
Most of the new stuff that reported on the blog comes from the United States that Jonas Fjeld said. And the vast majority are discs that comes dangling free into my email box. As MP3 files. As I have either requested by the artist or record company - which in the U.S. are seeing the benefits of getting some extra listeners elsewhere in the world. Or are they dangling completely unsolicited after having previously been in contact with the record company.
As the plate collector I am, so I buy almost without exception plates that I am reviewing. Since I rarely reviewer things I do not like, it's like sorting job fair. Set it on the blog, so also bought the disc. With a few exceptions where I have been physically copy the disc, or the blog's inception where my 10.6 readers not entirely dictated that I deserved free-stuff, so when I bought screed before I reviewed. Another exception is of course that the disc has come out in a big company. Then the only acceptable criterion for purchase that the artist is a Norwegian artist I like.
But so it works when not in Norway. Perhaps Universal did not like my article that I consider the record industry as deserted as the industry? Who knows.
Here it should be thus accounted review Ida Jenshus' new album, but until I bought my vinyl edition so get it just wait. Unless I can find it on Piratebay meanwhile ... It costs well not very much to send over some jagged and easily traceable mp3 files. And maybe it also brings with it a few hundred extra listeners and record buyers. But the record buyers are not so interesting for record companies today. Plate Buyers are generally well regarded as either pirates or potential pirates.
But I digress ... Dear Ida, I sincerely hope your disc is roast andes good - and looking forward to hearing it.
And hope one day the record company and management is taking us busy writing and recommend you for free and on their own initiative a little seriously, so we are valued in the same way as we are of their American, German and British counterparts.
Until then, so people can enjoy this video and I hope you run out to buy the disc - I take it your instincts and assume that it is good shit!