Look to the north – your new favourite singer-songwriter is coming to a town near you, once more. He has a voice of a peculiar angel, soft as a kiss, that has the ability to warm the coldest of hearts. He is Teitur (Tie-tor) Lassen, a man from the Faroe Islands who turns music into magic beautifully and effortlessly.
In 2002, Teitur was signed by the legendary Doug Morris to Universal Records in the US and in 2003, Teitur released his first album, Poetry & Aeroplanes. Its simple, sincere songs made it a critical hit. He toured the USA and Canada extensively, initially working the East coast, then slowly building audiences all over North America, performed on chat shows, live radio sessions, was featured on MTV’s You hear It First, VH1 and CNN, watched as his songs got snapped up for film soundtracks (My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Aquamarine), and attracted the attention of respected singer-songwriters like Rufus Wainwright, Aimee Mann and John Mayer, all of whom took him on tour, from theatres to a large arena tour with Mayer.
John Mayer said of the album in Esquire Magazine: "..it may be one of the best albums to come around in the last five years..". Minor radio hits in the US followed, with the singles "Sleeping with the lights on" and "You’re the Ocean" and a real fan base developed and the album became a cult hit, while the song "One and Only" became THE wedding song of 18-25 year olds; and rave reviews for gigs helped grow the story even more. Universal took their eye off the ball in 2005, but Teitur kept his head down and toured and toured, selling CDs at gigs and spreading the word of mouth. During this time, he also managed to co-write a song on the 4 million selling debut album by Corinne Bailey Rae.
In 2006, unhappy with the label's plans for his future, Teitur left Universal. He and his manager started their own label, and called it Arlo and Betty Recordings (after his 2 guitars). He released his second album Stay Under The Stars in the same year, a record full of richer writing and bolder characters, which went Gold in Denmark, spawning the huge radio hit, Louis Louis, and established him as a major star in Scandinavia and built his reputation across Continental Europe. Unfortunately, the N.American label who licensed his second album decided to concentrate on managing other artists mid release, so the album never took off in the US. However, his reputation grew with main stage appearances at Roskilde (opening the Festival with Radiohead in 2008), Benicassim, Hultsfred etc. By 2008, he had completed 700 gigs in 20 countries in 4 years, which earned him the reputation of one of the hardest working artists on the road.
In 2007, Teitur also fulfilled a lifetime ambition by releasing an album in his mother tongue, Kata Hornid, before beginning work in late that year on The Singer, recorded in a Swedish Princesses house in Gotland, released in 2008 in Europe and early 2009 in the UK, his first album to be issued in Britain.
The Singer album garnered five star reviews in the UK in The Guardian ("deep, viscous stuff that is never less than extraordinary") and The Independent ("a rare beast"), while the Sunday Times praised the singer-songwriter's " wonderfully idiosyncratic talent". The Singer Included the jaunty Catherine The Waitress, which Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie loved so much they invited Teitur in for a session, helping his reputation grow, and pointing fans towards his series of successful shows across Britain – including an acclaimed spot at the Latitude Festival.
Then in October 2009, the UK only release album 'All My Mistakes', a kind of "introduction to/best of" took us through the last seven years of Teitur's glittering career and revealed the marvellous jewels from his back catalogue. Achieving his second Album of The Week in The Independent, Andy Gill wrote of the album:
"..there's more than enough evidence here to bear out Teitur's assertion, in the title-track, that "all my mistakes have become masterpieces".
Teitur continued his career development in many ways, producing and writing for a major French artist, Nolwenn,; co-writing and performing with American Contemporary film musician Nico Muhly (who scored The Reader), writing for other artists and all the time continued writing songs for his next album.
During early 2010, Teitur recorded his stunning new album Let the Dog drive home in Denmark and mixed in Norway, an album which combines the quality of songs from his first album, with the broad appeal of his second, and some of the coolness of the third, The Singer. Around the same time, Seal heard, fell in love with and recorded Teitur’s song "You Get Me" and released it on his new album in late September, which went top 20 around the world. Teitur’s new album is scheduled for release in Scandinavia on the 4th October 2010 and the rest of the world in early 2011.