[REVIEW] Lukas Graham – 7 Years

By Joe Young - Deputy Culture Editor

Danish soul-pop band Lukas Graham in 2013

The current Number 1 single is Lukas Graham’s ‘7 Years’. The Danish soul-pop band, consisting of singer Lukas Graham Forchhammer, drummer Mark Falgren, bass player Magnus Larsson, and keyboardist Kasper Daugaard, catapulted to success in the UK with the aforementioned single, after having numerous successes in Denmark.

The song explores the idea of age through music. To quote the lyrics, at age seven, his mother told him to get some friends. By the time he was eleven, he was getting stoned and drunk (DISCLAIMER: Not a statement of fact – open to interpretation). It progresses through his life, all the way up to age 60, and expresses some fears for the future. In the song, you can hear how he matures as he ages, and it feels like you’re taking a very brief tour through his life.

The music itself is very gentle, and very easy to listen to. The two main features are a piano and a drum kit, with the piano playing throughout the entire song, with the drums backing it and providing a beat. It’s the lack of heavy bass that makes this song so easy to listen to, which, when coupled with the soulful, but still very easy-listening vocals, creates a seductively pleasurable aural experience.

The single, currently a silver record in the United Kingdom, is rated triple platinum in both Denmark and Sweden. Each of their previous singles is at least double platinum too, with half being triple.

It’s very easy to see why this song got to number one, and needless to say, it deserves it. If you enjoyed this song and fancy listening to some more Danish music, then try ‘Mama Said’, also by Lukas Graham, and Basim’s ‘Cliché Love Song’.

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Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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