Teitur - Danish Ambassadors', London (06/11/2008)

Chris Miller | Friday, 07 November 2008

Teitur - Danish Ambassadors', London (06/11/2008)

It wasn’t made overly clear how Danish ambassador Birger Riis-Jorgensen came to hear about the Faroe Islands' "cultural gift" Teitur, but apparently his son's friends were gutted to miss him. It all resulted in an intimate showcase performance by the man they call 'The Singer' in the plush west London residence of the ambassador. 

Dressed in the casual musician's favourite of tweed trousers and a shirt, Teitur began his set with solemn number 'You Get Me', a progressive melody with thoughtful lyrics, making full use of the ambassador's grand piano. Although he may not have the best voice you will ever hear, there was something quite subtle and moving about the way he uses the seemingly old-fashioned instrument to create a touching mood.

Song two was created for the Dalai Lama and is arguably his most famous track, 'All My Mistakes' from the Songs For Tibet album. A mantra about peace and very much following in the sombre footsteps of its predecessor, it's clear Teitur's talent is in writing understated numbers of the Damien Rice ilk. Confident, charismatic and quirky, he built good rapport with the audience before playing the more jazz-orientated 'Katherine The Waitress'.

Inspired by many different experiences, Teitur connects as a subtle but quite honest performer, sure of his own talent and the impact his songs make, even in this relatively unplugged environment. 'The Legendary After-Party' introduced a good change of pace as he let the piano again do most of the work backing his monologue lyrics. And it was after this that Teitur proved his all-round musician status by pulling out the acoustic guitar for a song about train tracks, sung in Faroese.

Stand-out track 'Josephine' followed a tale of childhood companionship which made the best of Teitur's voice with its heartfelt delivery. Although difficult to pinpoint, his main appeal is perhaps the simplistic, yet touching nature which epitomizes his work. The artist then treated the audience to two more tracks including the title track of upcoming album The Singer in an appealing 40-minute set.

Though such a subtle style can find it hard to break down mainstream doors, it is not inconceivable that Teitur could enjoy a successful UK base. He definitely has the raw talent and old-fashioned natural knack for simple yet beautiful melodies. 

Rating: 4/5