Norway’s Minor Bulk plays gentle, refined acoustic folk-pop with a complicated, occasionally country-tinged vibe. Like their likewise hushed countrymen Kings of Comfort, Sweden’s Nicolai Dunger (circa Tranquil Isolation), and Iceland’s Funerals, they have the ability to assimilate a distinctly American stress of rootsy melancholia right into a design that just subtly tips at their Scandinavian source. Shaped in 2000 like a studio room task of Pål Angelskår and Andreas Berczelly, the group offers steadily gained people, acclaim, and industrial success during the period of many albums released through the entire 2000s. Vocalist/songwriter Karen Jo Field added vocals (but didn’t sign up for the duo) for his or her 2001 debut, Strolling House from Nicole’s, and guitarist Jon Arild Stieng became a member of the group that fall, allowing these to tour for the very first time, in springtime of 2002. Berczelly remaining the music group before EASILY Told You, YOU HAD BEEN Beautiful was documented at Stieng’s home in Oslo — but he trapped around like a producer for your and each one of the band’s following releases. 2003 noticed the addition of keyboardist Harald Sommerstad, drummer Halvor Høgh Winsnes, and bassist Henrik Widerøe — solidifying the five-member lineup that could record their third recording. Up for you personally and I, documented at Sommerstad’s cabin and released in January 2004, spent 24 weeks over the Norwegian record graphs, peaking at number 4, going silver and garnering nominations for greatest Norwegian pop record that year. Factors to hold Around (documented in Berczelly’s studio room throughout 2005, released in January 2006) was likewise successful, reaching number 2 over the graph and spawning two Best 20 singles in “Get back to Me” and “Supergirl.” The retrospective Chocolate Shop, a two-disc established including a greatest-hits compilation another disk of unreleased materials from throughout their profession, debuted at number 3 in August 2007.