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Nicolai Dunger


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Nicolai Dunger is a singer and acoustic songwriter from Piteå in Sweden. He has released eleven EPs and albums, singing primarily in English, and collaborated notably with Will Oldham, Mercury Rev, the Esbjörn Svensson jazz trio and Ebbot Lundberg.


A former football player, Nicolai was signed by the Telegram label of Warner records, releasing two albums that did not sell enough copies to enable him to give up his part-time job as a gardener.

A meeting with Ebbot Lundberg of the Swedish band Soundtrack Of Our Lives led to two further albums, a tour with Emiliana Torrini and the use of one of his songs in an advertisement for an oil company. This small influx of cash enabled the production of a trio of vinyl albums with the Esbjörn Svensson jazz trio.

This steady production of somewhat experimental acoustic music attracted the attention of Americana luminaries Will Oldham and Jonathan Donahue, and a contract with the Dolores Recordings branch of Virgin Records followed. The first album on this label, Soul Rush with backing from the Esbjörn Svensson Trio attracted some limited attention in 2001, but the next album, 2003’s Tranquil Isolation, achieved widespread, especially thanks to its input from Will Oldham.

A third album, Here’s My Song, You Can Have It followed in 2004.

He is currently touring the USA with Mercury Rev.


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  • yobbfixmeup

    thank you spotify for recommending him to me. he's lovely.

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • dememe

    Great! I love it.

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • 1amity

    Has Andrew Bird's voice

    29 Dec 2009 Reply
  • nekogai555

    wonderful stuff. <3

    6 Dec 2009 Reply
  • divinemissh

    Anyone have any guitar tabs for this guys stuff?

    12 Aug 2009 Reply
  • krakebonik

    I love his records where he's singing in swedish! Pure Bliss!

    9 Jan 2009 Reply
  • shh_andlisten

    I sell my soul to everyone that makes me happy inside. Yes, I do. <3

    17 Dec 2008 Reply
  • wachris

    I'm glad I found this guy. The Tallest Man on Earth is almost a pretty cool Swedish folk singer. As a folk fan, I can only imagine all of the local talent scattered throughout Europe.

    16 Nov 2008 Reply
  • MusicaCautiva

    Could anyone add any of the brilliant songs in swedish from Dungers cd "Rösten och herren"?

    2 Aug 2008 Reply
  • tigerbalsam

    Lyckoskatt!?! The title is Lyckokatt! Lyckoskatt would be tax on happiness and lyckokatt is cat of happiness (there could be other interpretations, of course)

    2 Jan 2007 Reply

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