Sometimes Mistakes Lead to Great Discoveries

by Guest Blogger April 12, 2011

by Chris Hess

Sometimes mistakes lead to great discoveries. My friend was sent a message meant for me, though the sender did not know that. It was an honest mistake. My friend forwarded the message to me, as he is an honest man. At the end of the message he tacked on, "Have you heard of Hymns From Ninevah? They're doing quite well in their homeland of Denmark." 


Sometimes great discoveries have ways of waving their arms wildly as you almost pass them at too fast of a pace.

Over the past two/three years, music from the Noridc region of the world has caught my fancy. Loney Dear, Tobias Froberg, and The Black Atlantic are immediately floating to my brain's surface. Because of this fancy, I was not reluctant in any way to give Hymns From Nineveh at least a listen. My friend is an honest man. Nordic bands have my fancy. Deliberation complete.

Sometimes when you slow down to notice a great discovery, it works itself into your ribcage and slows down everything.



It is no over-exaggeration to say that Hymns From Nineveh had my soul breathing normally again from the opening moments of "So Mournful The Elegy  So Comforting The Hymn." The lead song from their self-titled debut LP is lush and building. It is beautiful enough to be beautiful, but understated enough to be featured in a television commercial for a very snazzy company, and then immediately downloaded by everyone who watched the commercial with a laptop in their lap.

Sparse use of any large noise creates a negative space on the album filled with the warm resonance of everything that is used: piano, small drum kits, harmonies, guitar, glockenspiel, other small things. Hymns From Nineveh takes a ride through pieces that make you move in your seat a bit, songs that cause you to put the album on repeat., and songs that cause you to stop almost completely.

Sometimes when you're caused to stop completely you've discovered something great...or it's discovered you. [More info on Hymns From Nineveh . Download the album from iTunes]

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"SonHusbandFatherWhiskeyCoffeeMusicSweaters." A stream-of-consciousness compound word describing Chris Hess and what he enjoys and what he enjoys being. Chris also enjoys being the executive director of Everyday Joe's, a non-profit volunteer-powered coffee house, concert venue, and community gathering place that loves you to bits. He has been published very few places.

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