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Mikhael Paskalev (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 12:00am - 12:30am @ John Dee (Torggata 16, 0181 Oslo, Norway)
    Mikhael Paskalev plays pop music with roots in gospel music and alt-country, inspired by artists like Paul Simon, The Shins, Tom Waits, Edward Sharpe and the Everly Brothers. With a band full of charisma and good ideas, the 23 – year-old displays a rare quality. Paskalev’s strength lies in his ability to create melodious tunes, sometimes shamelessly catchy, but always with a wonderful, rusty sound. Besides playing with Jonas Alaska and Billie Van, Paskalev is busy recording his debut album, sue spring 2012. Live Review from Nerve Magazine (UK): Mikhael Paskalev demonstrates what appears to be a signature element of Red Deer Club’s roster, hushed, uncoiling guitars and close harmony singing. Backed by a five-piece band, the majority of his songs are amazingly spare sounding, with the electric guitar mournfully picking its way through the tracks. I Spy proves to be an exception, lurching into a hoe-down midway through complete with Duane Eddy-esque guitar. The second track, a gently murmured lullaby could easily have been heard crackling out of a wireless in an early episode of Mad Men. Touching almost on gospel music at points, Woman evokes glacial US trio Low, its epically slow pace conveying the full weight of the lyrics’ turmoil. The restraint of the musicians is to be praised as any diversions into Guitar Hero style antics would shatter the carefully spun web of Mikhael’s delicate tracks.
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