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We’re Listening with EMW: the Big Name Draw of Alexela Kontserdimaja

Alexela Kontserdimaja. It's a name that seems to keep cropping up on the Estonian music scene. After more than a few online notifications about this venue and invitations to attend concerts taking place there, there was more reason than ever to finally see what the concert hall was all about.

Kings of Convenience in Tallinn (photo from 8 Days A Week agency's Facebook page)
Kings of Convenience in Tallinn (photo from 8 Days A Week agency's Facebook page)

The reason? For the first time ever, Norwegian indie folk duo Kings of Convenience were touring the Baltic nations. On October 22nd, they were at Hanzas Perons in Riga, Latvia. On October 24th they played the stage of Compensa Concert Hall in Vilnius, Lithuania. But on October 20th, the popular acoustic duo made their way to Alexela Kontserdimaja.

It's surprising that it was their first time in Estonia actually. The duo, consisting of Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe, have mixed on their musical palette the rhythms of samba and sophisticated indie pop melodies with a sensitive, European approach. Theirs is a style that synchronizes perfectly with the youthful contemporary Estonian outlook. At times, it brings to mind going for a hike on a cold January morning, or clutching a cup of tea while lounging by the window in a Le Corbusier chair. Sometimes it sounds...

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