Track of the Day: 'Sun of a Gun'

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Past TracksNanna Øland Fabricius, who records as Oh Land, is not your usual indie musician. For one, she's a classically trained ballerina whose dance career was cut short by a back injury. However, with an opera singer for a mother, and a composer for a father, it wasn't such a surprise for her to shift to music. A native of Copenhagen, Fabricius recorded her Scandinavian debut in 2008 and set off for a brief tour of the U.S. in 2009, ending with a show at SXSW. Just like that, she was signed to Epic Records.

It's hard to put her sound into a neat bucket. Yes, this song is heavy on electronics, but it isn't a club track; it's a pop song written by someone steeped in many musical styles.

This particular track has such a bright chorus that you may miss the tale of fizzled romance that powers the narrative. Layered vocals and chugging drums carry most of the verse. (Bet this guy's kicking himself now!) A big melody, a twinkle of glockenspiel and warm piano leaven the chorus. The song fades to a quiet ending and in my mind I can see Fabricius shaking her head as she repeats: "You son-of-a-gun/You son-of-a-gun" as the last piano chords fade. Haven't we all been there?



On iTunes: Oh Land / "Sun of a Gun"

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