The Little Hands of Asphalt is the pseudonym of Sjur Lyseid; ostensibly a solo project although he works with five backing musicians and singers.
This release marks the Norwegian artist's first single in 8 years after a prolonged period working behind the scenes as a producer and songwriter for other artists.
The delicate yet lush Begin Again is an apt title for the first song while the more expansive seven minute Foreverest is an older tune written soon after his father died.
The second is an eloquent eulogy about the impossibility of finding words that truly articulate the loss ("Forever rest the words I could have used......... Forever rest your memory in me")
Written in English and sung with no obvious trace of a Scandinavian accent, the two warmly melodic pop orientated tunes herald a full length album ('Half Empty') to be released at the end of March 2020.
I confess I didn't know this artist had even gone away but I'm glad he's back!
The Little Hands of Asphalt's website