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ERK - “A Girl Named Boo” / “Shout”
Format: (Double A-side 7” single, limited edition)
Cat.No.: El Muto 006
Territories: World
Release Date: June 30th 2003
Short info:
Erk - A Girl Named BooNorway has brought us a lot of influential new music recently. Starting from A-ha in the 80s to more recent acts such as Kings Of Convenience or Royksöpp.
Though musically having a different background Erk Wiemår from Rendsbørg/Norway also knows quite well how to write great pop songs. ERK once started his “career” as a cocktail bar piano player in the business lounges of Oslo. “They made me play all kinds of bossa and jazz standards.” he recalls. But that surely didn’t harm him at all.

ERK’s style is a tasteful mixture somewhere between Aztec Camera and Randy Newman, the late John Lennon as well as Ben Folds. Especially the Australian songwriter Ben Folds remains a strong influence on ERKs recent work.

As a keyboard and organ player for the Space Kelly band during his 2002 Japan tour, Erk had a little chance to show his unique and highly sophisticated piano style. But that surely isn’t enough for him!

Now, ERK has just finished his first recording session together with a bass player and a drummer. “Piano, bass and drums – I don’t think I really need anymore instruments!” – and he’s damn right!
“A Girl Named Boo” is a cracking and fresh less than 2 minute pop song! Of that kind we haven’t heard since Ben Folds Five’s “Underground”. Recorded all live without any studio tricks you can imagine how explosive ERK could sound live on stage.
The AA-Side features a loungey cover version of Tears For Fears’ top hit “Shout”. Here we can witness ERK’ s past as a cockail bar piano player...

This limited double A-side 7” single is just the beginning of a career of a promising young Norwegian with the funny name ERK.

Additional info:
This 7” single is the 2nd part of the El Muto 7” Singles Club series coming in a corporate identity cover sleeve making it easier for music lovers to spot each new issue of this limited edition series. Forthcoming release of this series will feature different artist from all over the world and should also be understood as a support and lobby for great pop musicians to put out their first ever release.
One main condition is to come up with a cover version of a top hit on at least one side!!! So be prepared for some amusing, groovy and ass-kicking tracks to come on the El Muto singles club!