Frokedal - Hold On Dreamer: Packs a mighty punch

If Hold On Dreamer fails to make a star of Anne Lise Frokedal, it will be some miscarriage of justice.

Frokedal - Hold On Dreamer
Frokedal - Hold On Dreamer

A Norwegian performer, well practised from time in the bands Harrys Gym and I Was A King, Frokedal has ached for complete control, and she capitalises on this.

"I've been thinking about a solo project for a long time," she told newspaper Dagsavisen.

"A band is full of compromises." After a decade of band toil, Frokedal remains largely unknown outside her homeland.

Solo flight should change that.

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    A recent collaborator with eccentric British troubadour Robyn Hitchcock, Frokedal here delivers a set of gently offbeat, timeless pop songs that reveal ocean-deep depth and great versatility.

    The pretty pastoral folk of The Man Who Isn't Here grabs early on, before the grandstanding elegance of Dream Master recalls the darkness of late-period Abba, or their fellow formidable Swede, Frida Hyvonen, to whom Frokedal might be compared.

    These songs don't hang around, only two reaching the four-minute mark, but they pack a mighty punch.