There are very few iconic figures in Norwegian rock. Sivert Høyem is one of them. Through the hugely successful band Madrugada –whose ten-year career as recording artists was one of the truly luminous stretches in Norwegian rock history– and more recently through his solo records, Sivert has become the male voice of a generation, a voice that one inadvertently listens to in a special way.
This week sees the European release of Høyem’s latest solo album ‘Endless Love’. The new album will be distributed by Rough Trade, and associated labels, throughout Europe, with the release date in most countries set to May 23.
Coinciding with the album release, Sivert is currently touring Europe on a 13-date affair, appearing live in Aarhus, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Berlin, Zurich, Bern, Manchester, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Groningen, Rotterdam and Antwerp over the next two weeks.
Full tour details with all concert dates and venue in our Calendar Section HERE.
The repertoire on Høyem´s ‘Endless Love’ album depicts love as viewed by a man soon to be 40, father to his first child. All the roads that once seemed open, no longer are. Happily ever after is just a fairy tale concept. The lyrics are courageously written, and performed with a crass, poetic irony. ‘Endless Love’ brings to mind the whole canon — Dylan, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen — and in the already celebrated «Inner Vision», that fiery poet of the docklands, Jacques Brel.
Nothing but Hope and Passion is running an exclusive stream of the album this week, prior to its release.
Høyem is perhaps best known in his role as former front-man of Madrugada, for a number of years Norway´s biggest concert attraction, performing to full houses and large festival crowds at home and abroad. In 2005, the band reached No#1 on Greek album charts with their album ‘The Deep End’. At home, they were in 2005 awarded three Spellemann (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy), among them the prestigious ‘Artist of the Year’ award. The band’s concert album ‘Live at Tralfamadore’ went on to sell 180.000 copies, making it the bestselling Norwegian concert album to date.
Madrugada disbanded after a series of farewell concerts following guitarist Robert Burås´ death in 2007. Sivert Høyem had already released two solo albums, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Opposition (2004) and Exiles (2006). His first post-Madrugada solo album named Moon Landing came in 2009, and was rewarded with another Spellemann award. Solo effort #4 was named ‘Long Slow Distance’ (2011), crowned by the majestic and hypnotic Give it a Swirl and live favourite Blown Away.