Writer: Sebastian Egholm Lund
This Thursday the eclectic indie-group Mont Oliver visits Aarhus and Radar. Mont Oliver has been on the bubbling surface of mainstream this past year with the release of their EP ‘19’ and success with the radio hits ‘Give Me Nothing’ and ‘White Sheets’. Last time Mont Oliver came to Aarhus they visited Studenterhus Aarhus at Newbees Night. Mont Oliver was already in close range of Sound of Aarhus’ radar and we brought an article involving the event and Mont Oliver’s evolution and beginning. We predicted that next time prices would be fairly higher and they are in fact. An obvious result of their success since their EP release. And Thursday they are headlining Radar along with side-act My Heart the Brave.
The funny and fascinating thing concerning Mont Oliver is first and foremost their natural flair for working across and in between genres. Thus their EP ‘19’ can only be characterized by a mix of pop, indie-rock, soul and hip-hop. This way of working across genres creates an interesting outcome. Huge, grand hip-hop drums is followed lead-singer Jakob Hammershøj’s very distinctive vocals. The genre trip-hop seems closest to define the genre. A genre best characterized by the English City Bristol where the genre flourished in the 90’s as a counterpart to the gritty, American hip-hop. The English group Portishead is the known role-model for trip-hop. Which shows in Mont Oliver’s music.
Mont Oliver has come a long way from being a solely indie-rock band in 2010 to a somewhat eclectic group with an original sound and feel. The band has evolved since then and seems to have found their sound. An urban and foreign sound. Which is exactly why you shouldn’t miss Mont Oliver this time at Radar – for all we know the prices could be doubled the next time they visit Aarhus!