The Northern Belle “Merchant Navy Hotel” – like paradise, but better

It’s been a while, but here at last is some new music from one of our favourite Nordicana bands – Nordicana of course being the even more finely genre slice that covers the Americana style music from the Scandicana nation of Norway.  It’s a song from the poppier end of this musical strand, referencing perhaps bands like The Cardigans and Teenage Fanclub – yes, it may well jangle a little.

The song was inspired by a cache of letters sent between Stine Andreassen’s grandparents way back in the 1960s, with a distinct UK input.  Stine explains: “Middlesbrough 1969: My grandparents rented a house from Mr. Cook. The boat my grandfather worked on was in port, and my grandmother visited from Norway. The visit was supposed to last a few days but lasted eight weeks. They went for coffee and movies at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church, played slot machines at the Merchant Navy Hotel, and went dancing. The song is based on letters sent between my grandparents.

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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?
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