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SXSW 2013 | Music Discovery: The Norwegian Soul of Bernhoft

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The one thing I love about SXSW is that you can stumble on to a new artist that you've never heard of.  Yes, I can see the next buzz band that Pitchfork is raving about, but there is something special about real world music discovery.   This was the case for an artist out of Norway by the name of Bernhoft

Think of Bernhoft as a cross between Jamie Lidell and Allen Stone.  He is new to me, but Bernhoft has been around for a couple of years releasing videos on Youtube including his 2011 viral hit "Cmon Talk," which implore the techniques of looping vocals, guitars, and beatboxing.  

I caught him perform at the International Day Stage in the Austin Convention Center.  He performed an amazing cover of Tears For Fears "Shout" to a standing ovation.  Even Doomtree artist, Dessa, was part of the audience. 

 

 

Dessa hanging out at the Bernhoft performance...