World-weary yet naÃ¯ve lyrics combined with simple melodies and no-nonsene vocals, performed on mostly cheap Casio keyboards picked up at flea markets. Abbreviated TSOPAÂ orÂ tSoPA,Â The Society of Poor AcademicsÂ is a mostly one-man non-band indie-band spearheaded by Eivind Kirkeby (Norway). Eivind likes to categorize the music asÂ naÃ¯ve minimalism, but more familiar genres would be: lo-fi, indie pop, folktronica, synthpop, singer/songwriter, and twee.
tSoPAÂ made its official public debut in 2006 when they released Ingen liker Eivind Kirkeby,Â an albumÂ ofÂ lo-fi amateur cover songs, for free downloading online. Since then there has been several full albums and EPs featuring a wide array of sporadic collaborators. Some collaborators so far have included: Dan McLay of The J. Arthur Keenes Band, Jack Hayter of Hefner, Lisle Mitnik of Fireflies, and Dennis Driscoll.
Most full releases are available through bandcamp, and concerts will usually be announced through Songkick and Facebook.Â News will occasionally be published on the Kirkeby Kritikk blog under the tsopa tag.