Similar To: Tallest Man On Earth, Eels, Bright Eyes
Esben Svane is a Danish songwriter/producer based out of Copenhagen. He's been very active on the Danish music scene as a drummer and arranger in several well-acclaimed indie bands - mainly known as the drummer in pop comets 'A Friend In London' who have been touring in Canada several times, and supported The Backstreet Boys throughout Europe on the NKOTBSB-Tour in 2012.
Esben released his debut EP 'Always Travel Never Arrive' in January 2011, and it was praised in Danish music magazine GAFFA:
"Cut down to vocal and piano or guitar most of the songs stand strong and lonely... The songs are well written and it's interesting how they can go different directions. Although the melody is the fundament of the songs and the choruses are good, Esben's focus is more on the personal than the poppy." - 4/6
Esbens signed with Songcrafter Music in October 2012, and his second EP 'The Sudden Stop' was released on February 14th, and distributed through Fontana in the rest of the world. It peaked as #7 on the Danish iTunes chart and was praised by several Danish magazines:
Bands of Tomorrow - 4/5 - http://bandsoftomorrow.com/review/esben-svane-the-sudden-stop
GAFFA - 4/6 - http://gaffa.dk/anmeldelse/68915
Lydtapet - 4/6 - http://www.lydtapet.net/2013/02/anmeldelse-esben-svane-the-sudden-stop/
Skopet - 4/5 - http://www.skopet.dk/article.php3?id_article=378
Tjeck Magazine - 4/6 - http://www.tjeck.dk/esben-svane-the-sudden-stop/
"Esben Svane's voice clings amazingly and were you to describe how it sounds, it would be as hard as describing the color red. The breathy voice with the well-chosen dubs is sharp, breathy and reminds you of an Irish folksinger and a bit of Bowie, yet with a more emphasized American accent but also a whole lot of other associations comes to mind." - Lydtapet
The release concert in Copenhagen was reviewed 5/5 by 'Bands of Tomorrow' and they wrote:
"Esben Svane has an ability to seduce all of his audience solely with his voice and his guitar. It is this way his songs should be heard. Not with a band or backing singers.
It is the song and - not at least - the lyrics that are in focus, and they are performed in a completely honest and deeply personal way. They were done with a rarely seen nerve and soul that made me forget time and place, and made me stop up and first of all - listen. Because that is what Esben Svane can - he makes people listen. His lyrics are relevant and are performed well-articulated, so you have no doubts in what they want or where they want to go."
At this point Esben is touring Ontario, supporting JUNO Nominee Peter Katz on several dates and playing two showcases as a part of Canadian Music Week.