Listen to Nive Nielsen for a little northern exposure 

She hails from Nuuk, Greenland, plays kazoo and a pink ukulele, and played one of her first-ever concerts before the Queen of Denmark (who was, by all accounts, quite puzzled by the kazoo).

She’s one of our favorite new artists — and the only one we know of who hails from the North Pole — the wonderfully eccentric Nive Nielsen, and her backing band The Deer Children. And she’s already a homeland hit — her debut disc “Nive Sings — As Played By The Deer Children” has sold 4,000 copies in a country with a population of only 58,000.

If you’re heading to South By Southwest this year, you’ll be able to catch this Inuit-influenced original at several locations.

Can’t wait?

Digitally download her first stateside EP, “Nive Sings.” And she’s got some powerful players on her team; PJ Harvey alum John Parish produced her record(s), Howe Gelb from Giant Sand duets with her on the single “Pirate Song,” and Ralph Carney, Wolf Parade’s Arlen Thompson and others added their talents to the rustic mix.

Naturally, she’s heading out to tour Norway and Denmark before she plots her extensive U.S. assault.

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