The Whitest Boy Alive, Dreams

Sarah Tonen

By Sarah Tonen

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

One of the odder stories of mid-'00s pop is that of Erlend Øye, one-half of Norwegian indie-pop duo the Kings of Convenience. Where that duo made its name aping Simon & Garfunkel and Belle & Sebastian, Øye shifted left in 2004, creating one of the most acclaimed mix-CDs in K7's acclaimed DJ-Kicks series, which draped moody beats in a cardigan sweater. In 2003, the same year Øye released a solo album, he formed the Whitest Boy Alive as a dance-music project in a similar vein to the DJ-Kicks compilation, but by the time Dreams appeared in September, 2006, it was an all-live four-piece pop-rock unit, also featuring Marcin Oz (bass), Sebastian Maschat (drums) and Daniel Nentwig (keyboards).