I love this review! (And not just because they liked Les Adeptes.)
I believe that you can learn a lot about a person by getting to know their musical preferences. So it is not random what sort of music Fredrik Beier listens to. What kind of music he uses to create that sexual tension, to put his mind at ease, or to take a break from all the world´s noises.
It is a small, but important part of Les Adaptes, and I believe that you will find that music will have an even stronger presence in the second book in the series, Kalypso (Norwegian release this fall).
Therefore, I am so happy that the french literary site Quatre Sans Quatre appreciate this side of the novel – and offer their readers a chance to see and experience some of this music for themselves.
I´ll add one one reference, not mentioned in the review, here: And it is in fact a funny little story. One of the artists present in Les Adaptes (Fredrik never listens to him, but that is another story) is the Swedish songwriter Oscar Danielson.
Just after Les Adaptes was released in Norway, I was doing a book show at Union Scene in the city of Drammen. And coincidence has it that Oscar Danielson
is actually playing a gig at the same place, the same evening. So I tell the organizers that Oscar is mentioned in the novel. At that point, Les Adaptes was totally new, I was totally new, and nobody knew that it would be released in so many countries, and meet such a great and numerous audience. My point is – it would be easy for Oscar to say thanks, but no thanks.
But Oscar Danielson, being the cool guy that he is, played a couple of his songs for the fifteen – twenty people who showed up to listen to me. That´s a hell of a nice thing to do.