I’ve got wonderfully talented friends, I’ll admit. Everyone in this city probably does – and some of them might make crazy good music in their bedrooms or something. Now that the holidays are well and truly done and dusted, and we’re now just in that period of “nothing really happening in boring ass winter”, I’ve been getting loads of new tracks from folks I know. I thought I’d give you a heads up of some seriously great music by some artists that might not be that well known (yet to you). Here we go –
All Your Ardent Rebels – “Still Carry A Ton”
All Your Ardent Rebels is the solo name for former member of the local Tales Of Murder And Dust, Kristoffer Vilsgaard. He’s since left Tales… to do some studying and music of his own. “Still Carry A Ton” draws on Vilsgaard’s more American influences with both a psychedelic and symphonic twist. Think; if the Raveonettes made a soundtrack for a modern spaghetti western. The track was recorded at home by Kristoffer himself, and features backing vocals by Josefine Skov. Kristoffer says there is more coming very soon – in the form of an E.P. In the meantime, you can check out the other great tracks he has up on their Bandcamp page, and of course pay what you want for them.
Ryan – “I Am Done”
Ryan is the performer name for a young man called Nikolai Ryan. All I really know about him is that he’s mates with one of my bandmates, he’s half kiwi (New Zealand) and he writes perfect singer/songwriter folk music. I couldn’t believe that this kid wasn’t on the radio and making girls cry already. Perfectly formed tracks like “Time Goes By” and “Home Oh Home” seem passionate, radio-ready, and will appeal to anyone that loves modern singer-songwriter music from someone with a soul (Passenger, James Vincent McMorrow, Damien Rice…) without sounding too formulaic or daft like so many bros in this genre tend to be. Check out his soundcloud page for what he’s been up to recently – he’s saying there is an EP in the works and some very special live stuff being arranged – Ryan is one to keep an eye on.
Helena Brimheim – “Brutal Man”
Helena Brimheim is the chosen name of Helena Rebensdorff – a Faroe islander who has adopted Denmark as her home for many years now, studying the songwriter’s line at Aarhus Music Conservatory. You might have seen her a few times over the years performing as Frankah, her more character based electro act, however after a recent shift to Copenhagen, and a bit of soul searching, she has come up with a much more personal and visceral sound under her own name-ish (Brimheim is her mother’s maiden name I believe). “Brutal man” is an astoundingly stark mix of familiar electronic sounds, a dose of 90s grunge and riot grrl, and a measure of good old fashioned goth. Think; if Kim Gordon did a goth inspired song for the Drive soundtrack. Helena is busy getting a band together to perform her work, and assures us there is more coming – if it’s anything like this I’m hoping to lure her back to Aarhus for some shows as soon as possible.
As always – if you hear something you think we need to share, you can write us! For now though, check out these three acts, especially if you find yourself saying bullshit like “there just isn’t any good new music coming out anymore”, well?