aka bertine z, bertine zetlitz
. very cool twentysomething norwegian pop singer
who was brought to my attention a few months ago. she has been playing music since she was nine. she released her first album, morbid late night show
, in 1997 and won a few norwegian grammies
. the album's a really strange mix of genres; it's like techno
/dance music with a jazz
soul. the synth
sounds tend to get on my nerves, but she's an incredible lyricist, as evidenced in songs like butcher's son
and in my mind
. no surprise there, though, seeing as bob dylan
has been cited as a major influence
in her songwriting.
bertine was part of lilith fair
, which really shouldn't be held against her. her new album, beautiful so far
, is due out this fall.