Kings of Convenience have returned with their single “Rocky Trail,” their first music released since 2009.
The song is full of the indie folk duo’s trademark pastoral guitars and gentle harmonies, topped with uplifting string flourishes. “I thought your shoes were good / I thought they would take you to the end of any road / I thought your back was strong / I should have carried you to the top of the rocky trail,” Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye croon.
“Rocky Trail” appears to have been composed by Bøe. “Another classic Eirik composition that skilfully ignores the verse-chorus-verse blueprint,” Øye quipped in a press release. “It’s pop music, but not as we know it.”
“Rocky Trail” was accompanied by a simple music video depicting the duo performing the intimate song in a colorfully decorated apartment. The single will be part of their upcoming album Peace or Love, due out June 18. The duo recorded the album in five different cities, including Gothenburg, Santiago and Berlin, over the course of five years.
Kings of Convenience’s last album was 2009’s Declaration of Dependence. In the 12 years since that record, Bøe and Øye have been occupied with their own respective projects. The former recorded under the name Kommode, while the latter musician recorded two albums under his own name, namely 2014’s Legao and 2020’s Quarantine at El Ganzo.
The Norwegian duo look bound for an eventful 2021: besides the June release of Peace or Love, their debut album, Quiet is the New Loud, will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this year.
Watch the video for “Rocky Trail” here: