Writers: Joachim Friis + Steffen Paust
Excellent mix of electro-pop, rock and rap continues to fill up the program for SPOT festival 2014. Eighteen new acts have been announced:
From Norway Truls, Sea Change, Beglomeg, Electric Eye and Farao will make their way to Aarhus, as well as Danish bands Copia Doble Systema, Ring Them Bells, The Awesome Welles, My Heart the Brave, Kellermensch, Karl William, Quick Quick Obey, Choir Of Young Believers, Lucy Love, GLASS and The Mountains. Finally Swedish Sumie finish Jaakko Eino Kalevi has been announced for the festival, which takes place the 1. – 4. of may in Aarhus.
Ellen A. W. Sunde from Sea Change is becoming one of the Norwegian frontrunners in delivering experimental popmusic accompanied by electronic beats. With her dreamy lo-fi sounds, she has already enchanted listeners from her home country as well as in Germany where she is situated, and just played at the Berlin Music Week. Right now she is playing with the tour Nordisk 2014, visiting Denmark, Island and Faroe Islands. Even though she only published one official single, the successful ‘Bursting’, she is definitely one to watch.
Another act from Norway is Farao, a pseudonym for the multiinstrumentalist Kari Jahnsen. Musicblogs around cyberspace have praised her beautifully crafted melodies and haunting voice for quite a while, and it is clear why. Her thouch of folkmusic, combined with the electropop universe she moves in, gives the songs a mystical feel. She has been playing a lot of gigs recently in all of northern Europe and just finished a UK-tour. While you wait for her performance at SPOT you should check out her striking black and white video for her debut single ‘skin’.
The last Norwegian act comes from Truls; the praised dreampop artist who has made musicmagazines and his homecountry in general, go crazy with the successful debut album and the single ‘Out of Yourself’. Now the time has come for the rest of Scandinavia to enjoy his beautiful falsetto in a mix of spectacular poptunes and vulnerable lyrics.
Next up is My Heart the Brave, created by former producer for The Eclectic Moniker and Hymns of Nineveh among others, Caspar Hesselager. This is his first solo project, combining knowledge from his former classical music education with his passion for electronical beats. He makes his own dreamworld of pop and electronical elements, which we look forward to become a part of at SPOT. Read an interview with the man behind My Heart the Brave we made before his gig as support for Mont Oliver in town, right here on SOA – PRESS HERE.
Further away from popmusic and deeper into the electronical world, we find the next act, Copia Doble Systema. The project is actually a cooperation between Norwegian DJ Copyflex and Danish producer Jens Fokking. With slow techno mixed with bassbeats inspired from latinorythms, we will be guaranteed a special experience in the company of Copia Doble Systema.
Next up is The Mountains, who finally revealed their true nature in the last months of 2013, as Moi Caprice frontsinger Michael Møller and producertwins Frederik and Fridolin Nordsø. Even though they were incognito for a long time, they have managed to become P3’s ‘Uundgåelige’ witht their first single ‘The Mountains’ and made it well on itunes for months. The 3 guys is a perfect constellation with the smooth vocal of Møller accompanied by the grandiose popproductions of the Nordsø-twins, challenging the common conventions of the genre. It seems like this year will be the year of breakthrough for the three guys. We included them in our Class of 2014 just before new years eve, and since then since took off insanely – READ MORE. They will also visit Northside Festival this summer.
Last one in the bunch of new announcements is the finish producer and musician Jaakko Eino Kalevi, who is hard to categorize in terms of genre – his sound has been described as psychedelic pop with influences from no less than funk, jazz, disco, dub and new wave. It is exciting to see what he will come up with for the festival! His EP ‘Dreamzone’ is available on Soundcloud.
From Esbjerg, Denmark, the experienced rock-guys from Kellermensch will be visiting. In 2012 they go the chance to open up Orange Stage at Roskilde Festival, and spawned one hell of a review from Gaffa who wrote that “Kellermensch conquered and left the stage with style”. Fans of hard alternative rock this act won’t disappoint you. At this performance they will show you their first material in four years – be there!
That said, Kellermensch isn’t the only band to capture the stage with new material up their sleeves. Also danish Chour of Young Believers will be presenting new material at this years SPOT festival. At the moment they are spending time touring all of Europe with major Depeche Mode. After a while with pause between the band members and now this major support tour it seems like they are more than ready for a kick-ass SPOT presentation.
Also added for this years SPOT is danish darling Lucy Love. She recently visited Voxhall back in October and made it to our weekly recommendation in week 43, furthermore she has been added for the Northside Line-up as well, so if you want to be ready for her NS performance, stop by her SPOT performance first!
Next two in line are two of the most budding talents of the danish music scene. Not the Aarhus one – the freaking national one! We’ve written a lot about Karl William, so we don’t want to introduce him one more time. Move out of your hole if you still don’t know his name! Next in line are the Thy-boys Quick Quick Obey. They recently released their new single ‘Figures’ and damn things look and sound great for these guys!
Next project you probably haven’t heard of, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that these two guys are SPOT-rookies. The’ve been at SPOT festival before. Both as drummers. Rasmus Valldorf and Kristian Mondrup have played the SPOT stage before with respectively The Asteroids Galaxy Tour and Lars and the Hands Of Light. That said, this will be their debut at SPOT with their new pop-duo GLASS. More pop will be floating all the way from Sweden, when Sumie – the sister of Little Dragon-singer Yukimi Nagano – will show her skills as the talented songwriter she is.
Last but not least SPOT has brought some rock for you (of course…)
On this front they’ve invited nothing less than both The Awesome Welles, Ring Them Bells, Electric Eye and Beglomeg.