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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Lukestar Tops Charts in Norway

In Norway, power-pop quartet Lukestar's album "Lake Toba" has already gone gold. They have a catchy, dueling guitar sound that has drawn comparisons to older Weezer, Mew, and Blonde Redhead. Check out the song "White Shade". The falsetto of Truls Heggero had me looking for a female lead vocalist in the group. He hits some pretty amazing high notes that I would never even think of attempting. I am reminded of another Scandanavian group as well. Iceland's Sigur Ros has a similar feel at times, though Lukestar is much more dance/pop oriented. My only criticism of "Lake Toba" is that it is somewhat predictable in song structure, a very consistent and listenable album, but could perhaps mix it up a bit more. So far they do not have any US performances posted on their MySpace, but Lukestar seem to have a lot of potential, so I imagine it won't be long before they try a US tour.

Incidentally, there is also a rapper named Luke Star, not to be confused with this Lukestar!

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