Dry Lips is a Danish Enigma – “D” is for Dúné

Mattias Kolstrup Reflects (Dúné) (© http://www.lassedearman.com)

I worship at the altar of the evocative lyric. I bow down before the delivery of a finely turned phrases. I curl up into a foetal ball and salivate at the rapturous internal rhymes of anthemic chorus’. I run naked through fields of billowing corn in ecstasy at the imposition of an inspired metaphor.  ……. Ok! I think you get the message I like lyrics. No I really like lyrics!

Ideally the lyrics are wrapped in triumphant tunes with fantastic chorus’, great melodies and brilliant conceived harmonies. To get mentioned in “Let’s Get Lyrical” at Englistics they have to possess at least one of these three elements, and of course have great contextual lyrics. Dry Lips from Danish group Dúné *in my opinion meets at least two criteria, and delivers a musical punch and a compelling message.

I am torn – and yes! if you didn’t know Natalie Imbruglia’s one big hit was written by a Ednaswap a Danish Group and a hit first  for Danish songstress Lis Sorensen as “Braendt”  –  I can’t decide whether to slowly first unravel the lyrics or link straight to the song.  Actually there is no contest. This is Northern European angst riddled indie rock at its best. Its cultivated and thoughtful, as you would expect from a culture that almost single-handedly inspired the use of the sweeping and undulating curve in the design of household objects and furniture (three cheers for Arne Jacobsen),  and yet delivers on its message of isolation and exclusion – “I walk around in loneliness……Rushing Down in Emptiness”.

If your living in the UK you maybe  wondering why you have not heard this powerful and imaginative song before, either on a UK music programme or in an American teen series or film. It could easily have transported you through a difficult moment on the OC, or even an open top sports car scene in Beverly Hills 90210 or possibly even a scene of teen confusion in a Skins episode.  Yep! it’s a mystery.

The full Dry Lips post can be read on Englistics’ Lets Get Lyrical Blog