Secret Scandinavian Singers: Exposed!
They are among us, sneaking undetected among singers who sound as American as can be: Scandinavians! It's happened several times in the past few months -- I've started listening to a certain artist, and only weeks later, much to my surprise, will I discover that they're actually Swedes or Danes or Finns. It's a testament to their language skills, certainly -- most grow up speaking a few different languages and learn English in school. I spent a week in Denmark a few years ago, and one evening hung out with a twentysomething kid who for the longest time I thought was an American frat boy studying abroad -- until he told me he was from Greenland, of all places. I felt so mono-lingual!
Check out Swede Kristian Matsson, AKA the Tallest Man on Earth, who could not sound more American. Some are even calling him the second coming of Bob Dylan:
Or Jose Gonzales, also a Swede.
Or there Sondre Lerche, from Norway:
On the other end of the spectrum, there are singers like Jonsi, from Iceland's Sigur Ros. Now THIS is how you let people know you're Scandinavian!