For the first Danish-based instalment of the Live At Tapetown series, we knew it had to be special. Peter Sommer has no doubt become one of the finest and best loved songwriters of the modern era that the kingdom of Denmark has to offer. Sommer’s often blunt and stark portrayals of love and everyday life reveals a mastery of his control over the native tongue that has only been in the company of a rare few. Naturally, when DR (Denmark’s national radio) were putting together their wildly popular podcast serial, “Elsker Dig For Evigt”, they challenged Sommer to write a song for it. Who better? The result was actually two versions of the same track more or less “Sand Kærlighedshistorie (Slutter Aldrig)” (a true love story – never ends). The opening line in each version being altered slightly to affect a change; “Hun hader maskiner hun ikke kan betjene” (she hates machines she cannot operate).
If you’re new to Danish language music, or for some reason fascinated with it from abroad, really there is no better place to start that Peter Sommer’s material. Even though his language is relatively easy to grasp, the beauty (or roughness) is in its simplicity. If you haven’t a clue about what he’s saying – the melody and performance here is definitely enough – an almost “Beatle-esque” structure matched with Sommer’s unique and expression laden voice. Denmark is very proud of Sommer, and we were honoured that he was able to drop by and tape a few live-in-the-studio tracks for us before his magnificently received concert at Train a few weeks back.
As always, follow the YouTube channel for more tracks from previous sessions, and keep an eye on Sound Of Aarhus for your exclusive premiers of future ones.