When the group he was in disbanded, Norwegian singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Jarle Bernhoft decided to leave behind fronting a rock band to go solo as a soul man.
(“This friend of mine gave me a Sly & the Family Stone album, and I couldn’t really come down off that wall; I was nailed to it,” he told NPR.) His first album, the funk- and soul-influenced Ceramik City Chronicles, came out in 2008. Bernhoft’s follow-up, Solidarity Breaks (stream it below), was released in 2011. The album, says Allmusic, “is
a mixture of acoustic R&B, Prince-inspired funk and impassioned soul ballads.” And thanks to the current New Yorker’s high-energy one-man shows filled with a deft usage of the looping pedal and some impressive beat-boxing, Bernhoft (above, performing the remarkable “Cmon Talk”) has become a musician not to miss. So don’t. See him play The Bowery Ballroom tonight.