My Little Pony are from Oslo. I like My Little Pony so much that yesterday I actually found myself idly contemplating moving to Oslo, which would perhaps result in some of Oslo's talen rubbing off on me. Obviously that's ridiculous and I soon realised that I was thinking out of my ass. Oslo is 1,295 miles away from my house (thanks Google). I don't know anyone there and I don't speak a word of Norwegian. But My Little Pony are awesome, just pure distilled awesome. It's charming indie-pop sung (primarily) in a twee indie boy voice. The words are observant, wise and witty, as these ones from track 3, "Comic Relief", demonstrate:
In a television show from the crazy wild wild westOne of the characters stand out from the restCause he's bald or he's friendly or sometimes comes lateAnd the others always tell him he's slightly overweight.And in this other programme that I like to watchFrom back in the days when everything was top-notchWith his funny accent, now that's an old trickHe's the foreign exchange student who never gets a chick.
But if we ask him about our motif or religious beliefHe wouldn't have an answer and not cause he's briefHe's just the comic relief.Sometimes I like to make people laughand at the place where I work I'm the youngest of the staffAnd they do seem to like me though I think they're all my bossBut to me that doens't matter, authority's no great lossAnd although I'm not [can't work this word out] or commander in chiefThey all need me like golden leafI guess I am the comic relief.I guess we need it in this world of oursWhere everything is so serious that sometimes we forget to smile to each otherIt might be false beliefI think we all need a comic relief.[I transcribed those myself so they're not perfect.]
What really impresses me is that these are (presumably) written by someone for whom English is a second language. Anyone who can write that well in their second language deserved muchos kudos. I could discuss a million other bits I love but that would cheapen it (though I can't resist pointing you towards the chorus of track 5). Listen to Macgyver Blues and then buy the album. It might be the best thing you do all year.
P.S. I don't think it's been released in the UK yet but you can definitely get it from iTunes.