Norway - Full Moon 70 - 06/24/02
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Meet Tøyen, a duo playing Playstation elektronica pop! Yes, Tollef Berger and Torstein
Dyrnes met some years ago and decided to buy a Sony Playstation for creating pop music. Which
means they only need two TV-sets when performing.
Last year Tøyen (a multi-cultural area in Oslo) released their debut album Did you
bring me on national televison to tell me this?, on the US label Blackbean & Placenta. This
time it's 6 song mini album, on the Norwegian quality (St. Thomas, Ai Phoenix, hello Goodbye,
Salvatore, plus...) label Racing Junior (BTW: happy 2 years, RJ!). "India Pindia" has got an Indian
feel. World music, elektronic style. Charming. "14 Pints" is a bit too much blip-bloppery, while
"One Way Ticket" is more fascinating, with its chanting "backing" (and backing only, as most tracks
are instrumental) vocals. But, wait, "Dodgy Minister" has even got female vocals all the way, being
the straightest pop-song of the record. The (back in Bollywood-)remix (by Moon Orchestra) of "One
Way Ticket" is partly amusing, even if Tøyen's sounds quite quirky in-bewteen. Last track
"The Girl" (also a remix) sounds like the Kraftwerk's maniac nephew. Hyper space!
The naive-elektronica scene in Norway is expanding all the time, and Tøyen is up on the top,
among Safariari and Remington Super 60.
Copyright © 2002 Håvard Oppøyen