Denmark-based, Iceland-born singer and multi-instrumentalist Dad Rocks! (aka Snævar Njáll Albertsson, a 26-year-old father of two) kicked off a UK tour last night at London's Tamesis Dock, in support of his fabulous debut album Mount Modern.
For fans of the twee-punk style of Jeffrey Lewis or the warm sound and humane lyrics of Sparklehorse, Dad Rocks! could make your day. Dissent has never sounded so careworn; likeable songs about mega-corporations sit alongside heartbreaking piano ballads about parenting, all dusted with a wit and wisdom way beyond Albertsson's tender years.
He's doing this tour solo, so expect stripped down versions of the lush arrangements on the album, which is out next Monday on Big Scary Monsters; it's not any worse off for that though, the songs sounding all the more personal as a result.
The dates are as follows, having kicked off earlier this week.
3 - Liverpool, The Caledonia
4 - Newcastle, house-show
5 - Edinburgh, Henry’s Cellar Bar
6 - Glasgow, 13th Note
7 - Leeds, Royal Parks Cellar
8 - Manchester, The Castle
9 - Cheltenham, The Frog and Fiddle
10 - Norwich, Olive
And you can preorder the album on lush CD and vinyl formats here.