Erik Hassle - 'Hurtful'
Look at that face! How much hassle could a li'l fella like that really BE? I mean REALLY? Oh sure, I bet he's a bit stubborn from time to time. I bet he doesn't come down to breakfast the first time he's called, and won't wear the nice jumpers his nan sends him for Christmas (note to self: must check if they have jumpers and nans in Sweden. And Christmas, come to that). And it's almost a foregone conclusion that he doesn't wear sensible shoes with a supportive instep.
But c'mon...HASSLE? If that little scamp stopped me in the street and demanded all my worldly goods in exchange for my life, all he'd get for his trouble is a strawberry lollipop and a tousle on the head.
Let's hope his music is a bit more troublesome, or we might be looking at a total rebrand before he's even got properly started.
(Here's the video. Look! Joe Lean and Ellie from La Roux had a baby!)
What we're dealing with here is a big confessional song, in the vein of Coldplay or Keane, seemingly built from icicles buried in layers of wafty reverb (and an attention-seeking drummer. Hi drummer!).
Erik himself is in fine Ryan Tedder voice, squeezing the sadness and regret from his croaky throat and trying to convince you, the person he has wronged, that he knows he was a fool to do it. And given the chance, he'd like nothing more than to go back and make amends. Which again, isn't a particularly hassley thing to do, unless his middle names are Sorry, About and The.
Anyway, it's a nice song he has made here, if a little over-reliant on Big Indie glacial production and lacking in personality. Maybe that's what the coiffed hair is all about.
After all, getting curly hair to stand up like that? THAT'S a hassle.
PS: Yesyesyes, I know it's his real surname and therefore officially Not His Fault.
PPS: Yesyesyes, of course they have Christmas in Sweden.