Sven-Erik Olsen is aN indie pop tunesmith FROM MPLS.

A veteran of the Minneapolis music scene, singer-songwriter Sven-Erik Olsen's official solo debut album, SKETCHBOOK TRACES was released on September 8th, 2017. 

Musically influenced primarily by 1960's pop giants such as Brian Wilson and Ray Davies,  with cryptic and caustic lyrics inspired by Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello, Olsen's compelling and distinctive sound is uniquely his own and defies categorization, earning comparison with artists ranging from The Left Banke to Joy Division. He has been featured by The Big Takeover and The Current 89.3, earning rave reviews from critics for his "deft take on the dreamy mid-to-late 60s pop sound",  identifying him as an artist "adept at molding a familiar sound to his sensibilities" (John Worley, Aiding & Abetting). Olsen is currently working throughout the Midwest both as a solo acoustic artist and with his 4 piece rock ensemble.

 

Contact: svenerikolsen@gmail.com

 

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SKETCHBOOK TRACES

by Sven-Erik Olsen

https://sven-erikolsen.bandcamp.com/

1 POP BOTTLE GREEN EYES

2 SKETCHBOOK TRACES

3 LOST AND LOSIN' IT FAST

4 LILT

5 DISTANT SUMMER

6 YOU FOUND ME

7 SUNNY DREAM

8 CHILDHOOD BLUR

POP BOTTLE GREEN EYES

 

Pop Bottle Green Eyes

She waits at the door

Into the dream of a long-lost summer I’m still pining for

Out riding our bikes down Cherry Tree Lane

Where our hearts would beat in tandem with the passing trains

But I suddenly saw her and died

Waiting for him to swing down on her block

It was then, they lost me

 

Pop Bottle Green Eyes

So fair and so fine

And the time we had was short but then that’s how it flies

The dream bothering me came along in December

Her walkin’ away to the strains of a friendly refrain that she had in mind

And I, I’ve never been much of a prize

Feeling like this can I find every fault

It was then, she lost me now

Ah, oh, ah ah ah ooh ah

 

Pop bottle green eyes,

She’s got the pop bottle green eyes

Pop bottle green eyes

She got away, yeah…

 

And now I feel such devotion

And needlessly suffer through moments of torture

But now I can say with a firmness of force

And it pained me to learn that she felt no remorse

And yes, you could say that promises were made

As her lies ricocheted off the grand promenade

But I never could fake what my heart couldn’t take

So I hastened to say, “Wait around, it could break”

But I never took much of her time

And though it must seem like a crime of the heart

It was then she lost me now

 

Pop bottle green eyes…

 

Bass: Steve Amundsen

Drums: Dan Greenwood

Mixed by Zachary Hollander

"Olsen's got a real feel for this sound, and he's not afraid to drop in something that is a bit incongruent. Those "odd" ideas are what makes this album so charming." [9/28/17]

—Jon Worley - Aiding & Abetting


"Beginning with the opening track, 'Pop Bottle Green Eyes', you may think initially it’s from the late ’60’s or perhaps this is a lost treasure from the Paisley Underground, but regardless, the song is a winner." [9/5/17]

—Rob Ross - Pop Dose


"I’m guessing somewhere in his parent’s record collection were some Beach Boys and Beatles records as most of the stuff on Sketchbook Traces have a strong pop sensibility." [9/11/2017]

—Dagger Zine