Finn Coren

Finn Coren

 Oslo, Oslo County, NOR
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Exciting, adventurous, psychedelic indie-pop. A cross between The Beatles and Sparklehorse.

Biography

FINN COREN

Amid the pines and the poplars, the elms and the birches, lies a house. The neighbours stare and wonder. Differently-attired people and their improbable sedans come and go at all hours. In violation of local codes, the snow piles over the mailbox and there are grapefruit rinds on the lawn. In the house, activity goes on unabated. For years this has been the production centre of some of the most beautiful musical pieces I have ever come across. Here Finn Coren creates his art.
The myths of the undiscovered genius have always appeared through history covering all types of art. Even in the music world the odd Van Gogh and Gaughin equivalent can at times appear, although underground magazine journalists have done their best to bring them to the surface. One genius that, despite phenomenal acclaim, loiters still in the shadow is Finn Coren.
Imagine the archaeologist that suddenly stumbled across an undiscovered pyramid. I felt the same way the first time I put Finn Coren's debut album "The Echoing Green" on the record player. The year was 1989, and I knew right away that this was an artist I would follow for many years. It wasn't just the incredible melodic splendour it presented, but also the audacious way he added theatrical elements, something which at the time was almost frowned upon in the music press. The debut single "My Life Is My Art" had a particularly creepy soupcon that only Bowie in his most mysterious moods managed to create - the vision of a character going a bit "off the rails", but still able to thrill the unknowing bystanders.
The following year, he had teamed up with Trøst, a fellow poetry-freak from the north-west of Norway, to make "A Full Moon In March", a project dedicated to put music to William Butler Yeats' poems. The budget this time was larger, allowing Coren to take a rather more symphonic approach in his arrangements, with amazing results. This would have been the album that in a normal music career would take an artist to international heights. Coming from Norway, it unfortunately would mean years of networking if ever to achieve such a feat.
Coren, painfully aware of this, travelled to America, both bringing his 2 albums and demos for a third. People he played it to were enormously impressed. Lenny Kravitz' manager Stephen E. Smith even agreed to help out, presenting it to the A&Rs of several of the multinational labels. Elektra was ready to sign, but last minute staff changes put everything on hold.
After many trips to LA and months of waiting around, Finn Coren returned to Oslo, continuing to fine-tune the follow up, which this time was to be music based on William Blakes' poems. Determined to make this the ultimate masterpiece he twisted, re-recorded and re-mixed it endlessly. And when he finally was satisfied - seven years had passed since the A Full Moon In March release. Finn Coren The Blake Project came out as two albums released in quick succession. "Spring" and "Spring: The Appendix" were music of a kind no Scandinavian artist had previously come up with, managing to find a way of interpreting the old master were the soundscape felt as if made for it. The albums also epitomized a return to the quirkier sides of Coren's debut. "The Fly", particularly, presented a bizarre, folky twist to an otherwise rather modern beat, with Coren's spooky whispering leaving one a bit uncertain where he's heading. The Blake Project received phenomenal acclaim, but still failed to make its deserved impact outside the Norwegian borders.
In Norway "Spring" was nominated for a Grammy (Spellemannsprisen), but apart from having the videos for "The Sick Rose" and "Spring" circulated on MTV-Europe, the albums, due to poor distribution, were not able to reach a broader international audience. They however received standing ovations in Blake circles around the world, and the albums have since been used as an educational tool at several Universities in the US and Canada.
1999 brought another amazing album, this time with Coren returning as a lyricist. "Lovecloud" was a slightly darker affair, almost bringing Tolkien-esque visions of astonishing green fields and slimy creatures, like in the fabulous "Dwarfman". To this date "Lovecloud" remains my favourite.
Thankfully, I've been informed, the story doesn't end there. 2004 has an exciting new release on the agenda, with Coren for the first time taking on the works of a Norwegian poet, Olav H. Hauge. Also in the pipeline, is another Yeats album, picking up where he left off in 1990 with A Full Moon In March. 2004 promises to be a glorious year for those of us that have stumbled across this astonishing pleasant-sounding discovery.

Stig Jakobsen, Fjords Magazine

Website
www.finncoren.com

www.myspace.com/finncoren
www.thecoversproject.org

Lyrics

The Smile

Written By: Finn Coren & William Blake

The Smile

There is a Smile of Love,
And there is a Smile of Deceit,
And there is a Smile of Smiles
In which these two Smiles meet.

And there is a Frown of Hate,
And there is a Frown of Disdain,
And there is a Frown of Frowns
Which you strive to forget in vain;

For it sticks in the Heart’s deep Core
And it sticks in the deep Back bone,
And no Smile that ever was smil’d,
But only one Smile alone,

That betwixt the Cradle & Grave
It only once Smil’d can be;
But, when it once is Smil’d,
There’s an end to all Misery.

Riverboatman

Written By: Finn Coren


Riverboatman

Riverboatman
Row me over
To the times
When the world was not crazy

When I was a boy
And no scars in my heart
And the Earth
Was not hurting

Let your lantern guide us there
Let your lantern guide us home

Riverboatman
Row me over
To the times
When greed was no ruling

When we were pure
In our souls , in our hearts
No black clouds
Above our shoulders

Let your lantern guide us there
Let your lantern guide us home

Riverboatman
Row me over
To the times
When the world was not crazy

When I was a boy
And no scars in my heart
And the Earth
Was not hurting

Let your lantern guide us there
Let your lantern guide us home

Everything and More

Written By: Finn Coren

Everything and More

Everything she wanted...
Everything she cried for...
Everything she needed...
Everything, everything...Everything and more

Oh, It’s so cold and dark out here, my dear
Did you ever see me at all
In this dark
Did you ever see me at all..

Everything she wanted...Everything and more
Everything she longed for...Everything and more
Everything she felt....Everything and more
Everything, everything, everything...
Everything and more

Oh, It’s so cold and dark out here, my dear
Did you ever feel me in your heart
Feel me in your heart
Did you ever feel me at all..

Firefly, firefly whereever you turn,
Whereever you land
Firefly, firefly something will burn...
Firefly, firefly whereever you turn,
Whereever you land
Firefly, firefly something will burn...
Something will burn..

Did you ever feel me in your heart...
It's all dark now
Did you ever feel me in your heart...
Fragile and doomed.. Our love
Did you ever feel me in your heart...

Everything she wanted...Everything and more
Everything she cried for...Everything and more
Everything she needed...Everything and more

Blind Little Girl

Written By: Finn Coren

Blind Little Girl

Come and play, it’s a beautiful day
Love is smiling your way
The sun is high, the grass is green
Down here on love-field

Blind Little Girl
Make my heart, make my heart beam
Blind Little Girl

I had a dream, a wonderful dream
You were there, I was there too
Come and play, it’s a sunny day
Love is smiling on your face

Blind Little Girl - Could you only see, I’m in love with thee
Blind Little Girl

All that I ask from you, just a little smile
So come on baby, show me a sign
Come flood this heart of mine

Blind Little Girl - Take me home to your heart
Blind Little Girl - Don’t tear me apart
Blind Little Girl - Make my heart, make my heart dance
Blind Little Girl - High above the stars

Come on baby, show me a sign
Come flood this heart of mine

Blind Little Girl - Could you only see, I’m in love with thee
Blind Little Girl
Blind Little Girl - Make my heart , make my heart beam
Blind Little Girl - High above the stars
Blind Little Girl

Words & Music: Finn Coren

Dwarfman

Written By: Finn Coren

Dwarfman

Let’s sidle up
And watch the moon sail away
Into the milky skies
I’ll sway

Oh, keep me safe from this
From the love and pain
I’m in love
And that’s my shame

Dwarfman, don’t be sad
Sailing moon will take you for a ride
Dwarfman..
But you must leave your proud heart behind

Let the morningmoon
Be your guiding light
“Selene” will be there
And she will be your eyes

But I’m in love
And that is what hurting me
Just a little boy
On his knees

Dwarfman, just you close your eyes
And then you fly into the scarlet night
Dwarfman..
And you’ll find yourself on a Lovecloud ..

Dwarfman, don’t be sad
Sailing moon will take you to the skies
Dwarfman..
And there you’ll find the girl with the emerald eyes

Dwarfman, just you close your eyes
And then you fly into the scarlet night
Dwarfman..
And there you’ll find yourself on a Lovecloud..
..nine moons of jupiter came rolling by..
fly,fly,fly away..

Words & Music: Finn Coren

Discography

Singles

FINN COREN "My Life is my Art"/"Cheers to the Wild Boys"
Hinterland 1987

FINN COREN "Darling Downs"/"Catch that Girl"
Luna Music 1989

A FULL MOON IN MARCH "Love's Loneliness"
Kirkelig Kulturverksted 1990

FINN COREN THE BLAKE PROJECT "The Fly"
Bard Records 1997

FINN COREN THE BLAKE PROJECT "The Ecchoing Green"
Bard Records 1997

FINN COREN "Riverboatman"/"A Christmas Blessing" EP
Bard Records 1998

FINN COREN "The Smile"
Bard Records 1999

Album
FINN COREN "The Echoing Green"
Luna Music 1989

A FULL MOON IN MARCH "Love's Loneliness"
Kirkelig Kulturverksted 1990

FINN COREN THE BLAKE PROJECT "Spring"
Bard Records 1997

FINN COREN THE BLAKE PROJECT "Spring:The Appendix"
Bard Records 1998

FINN COREN "Lovecloud"
Bard Records 1999

FINN COREN "I draumar fær du" 2008

Additional
Discover Norway: "A Ride Into The NorwegianMusic Scene" (promo-not for sale)
A Full Moon in March: "Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop"
Track 9 NMS/Revolution 1991

Rock Furore Magazine # 18 (promo-not for sale)
Finn Coren : Shake up the World ('92-version) Track 1
Rock Furore 1993

Faro Magazine - Quart Special : 1999 M (promo-not for sale)
Finn Coren : "Poison Girl" Track 9
Telenor/Faro Innovation 1999

Norway Now "pop" (promo-not for sale)
Finn Coren "The Smile" Track 5
Norwegian Music Export 2004

Set List

Finn Coren plays only original songs, often based upon poems by poets like William Blake, W.B. Yeats and Olav H. Hauge