Thomas Dybdahl

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Thomas Dybdahl
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Thomas Dybdahl, May 2006
Background information
Born (1979-04-12) 12 April 1979 (age 35)
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, percussion, harmonica, hammond, mandolin, banjo, piano, harp

Thomas Dybdahl (born 12 April 1979 in Sandnes, Norway) is a Norwegian musician in the singer/songwriter tradition.

Biography[edit]

Thomas Dybdahl went out to become somewhat of a shooting-star in Norway. As a solo artist, the former guitarist of the band Quadraphonics released his first single EP, Bird, in 2000. His first release did not yield much success, and his second EP from 2001, John Wayne, was also unsuccessful.

Beginning with the release of his first album, titled ... That Great October Sound, in 2002, the first part of his gold and platinum-selling October series, he received national and even international appreciation for his unique work. Since then, and especially after the European release in 2004, Thomas Dybdahl's notability has increased significantly. The mostly positive reviews tout Dybdahl as a new pop wonder comparable to Nick Cave, Jeff Buckley and other important solo artists. He received the Spellemannprisen and the Alarm Award for his work.

The release of his next two albums, Stray Dogs (European release in 2005) and One Day You'll Dance for Me, New York City, further increased his standing as a respected artist.

The album One Day You'll Dance for Me, New York City features the famous Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss speaking of quality of life, as a sort of interlude.

In 2004, he teamed up with artists from the bands Jaga Jazzist and BigBang on the project The National Bank, which immediately entered the Norwegian charts with the project's self-titled debut album. It was released outside Norway in 2009.

His single Damn Heart, written for the Danish movie En Soap, was released in 2006 on Copenhagen Records.

In 2007, he performed as an opening act in the USA for fellow Norwegian artist Sondre Lerche, and in 2011, he opened for Tori Amos during her Night of Hunters tour.

On April 22, 2013, his single "Man On a Wire" was released as the first single from his album What's Left is Forever.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Album Peak positions Certification
NOR
[1]
...That Great October Sound
  • Year released: 2002
  • Record label: Checkpoint Charlie Audio Productions)
8
Stray Dogs
  • Year released: 2003
  • Record label: Checkpoint Charlie Audio Productions)
6
One Day You'll Dance for Me, New York City
  • Year released: 2004
  • Record label: Checkpoint Charlie Audio Productions)
1
Science 1
Waiting for That One Clear Moment
  • Year released: 2010
  • Record label: Universal Music
1
What's Left Is Forever
  • Year released: 2013
  • Record label: Petroleum/Sony Music
1

Soundtracks[edit]

  • 2006: Music from the movie Rottenetter (1MicAdventure)

Compilations[edit]

  • 2006: October Trilogy (box set featuring his first three albums, the remastered DVD and a bonus CD) (NO #36)
  • 2009: Thomas Dybdahl: En samling (NO #9)
  • 2011: Songs

EPs/Singles[edit]

  • 2000: Bird EP
  • 2001 John Wayne EP
  • 2003 Rain down on Me
  • 2004 A Lovestory
  • 2006: Damn Heart
  • 2010: Cecilia

Other releases[edit]

  • 1998: Q, within the Quadrophonics
  • 2004: The National Bank, within The National Bank
  • 2008: Come On Over To The Other Side, within The National Bank

DVDs[edit]

  • 2003: That Great October DVD
  • 2005: That Great October DVD Digitally Remastered
  • 2009: Live at Paradiso, Amsterdam DVD

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thomas Dybdahl discography". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 

External links[edit]