Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children “Nive Sings!”
The Eskimo folk scene rarely gets a mention in the today’s music press. Nive Nielsen’s debut is an example of why the world should consider paying a little more attention.
An Inuit ukulele player hailing from Greenland’s capital Nuuk, Nielsen has created an album probably best described as low-fi alternative quirkiness. With a voice similar to a laid back Bjork, she sings charming ditties about ghosts, naughty reindeer, and a boyfriend with a caffeine addiction. It is fair to say a layer of cheekiness is carried throughout ‘Nive Sings!’
Beyond her ukulele, a range of collaborators, known as The Deer Children, provide the musical backdrop. Woodwind, banjos and brass are used to incorporate elements of jazz and country, adding depth and intrigue to the record. At times, Nielsen even sings in her native language, further adding to the musical mixing pot. At 15 songs long, the final tracks do tend to blend into one another. Nevertheless, ‘Nive Sings!’ is a curious and catchy record, adding yet more brightness from the land of the midnight sun.