We all know him as co-founder and former guitarist of one our most precious bands, Mew. A band that Bo Rune Madsen left in 2015, after having played with his bandmates since childhood. To most Mew fans, the exit seemed quite drastic and, obviously, a great loss for the band.
To Bo Rune Madsen it was more than just a split with his beloved band; he was certain, that he’d reached an end to his music career. And yes, he’s written a book and he’s painting (there’s an exhibition coming up in February), but here, a year and a half later, a first single has been released.
And what a “comeback” it is. Under the name Turbolens, Bo Rune Madsen has allied himself with a bunch of kids aged 10-14, and together they’ve recorded the forthcoming EP ‘Tro, håb, & kærlighed’. This EP was recorded last summer at the same school and in the same music room where Mew was formed.
Today marks the release of the first single, ‘Rastløse Bevægelser’. As you might have figured, it’s in Danish. I’m actually pretty certain, that 2017 will be the year of Danish poets returning to the stage. This could be the start. Admitted, this song is a bit ‘sweet’, but there’s something really special about this Turbolens debut.
The thing is, that when Bo sings, it seems like he’s stuck. Stuck in this world and I know – from the press material – that he thinks, that we’ve got a lot to learn from the children, and how they playfully deal with this world. You can feel that in the song, and it makes sense. Turbolens is imperfect and organic, and it’s somewhat liberating.