SPOT Festival is just around the corner, and it’s about time we start checking out the line-up, and the recently released timetable. Obviously, we’re familiar with a lot of the bands, but – as always – SPOT is the place to check out new, talented acts.
These days, where SPOT is getting closer and the industry is doing whatever they can to push new releases in various events on Facebook and the Danish magazines, you come across some of the new acts playing SPOT. For some acts it actually is new talents, for others, it’s well-known musicians in new constellations, or bands having changed their style and deleted everything they did in the past, or, as it is with this band, a new version of previously released material under a new name.
We came across Vesper, stumbled upon an article from Soundvenue premiering their newest hit ’End it starts’. Both the name Mikkel Sönnichsen and the title of the song sounded familiar, and then you hear the song and instantly remember Asta Fall’s hit single from 2013 called, well, ‘End It Starts’.
The article on Soundvenue didn’t mention Asta Fall, and (almost) all the material under this alias has been deleted on the web, even the beautiful video to ‘End it starts’ – it’s also gone from our articles from the time. There’s nothing wrong with that, and no hard feelings, it’s just that when people try to magically make their past releases disappear, they always forget what they’ve released on Bandcamp. Even Malte Ebert, the guy behind Gulddreng, who’s deleted pretty much everything he’d made before putting on the fake gold, but forgot about his 2014 release Nothing But Sound by We Don’t Know (Malte Ebert and Frederik Meyer).
It has become sort of strategy to re-brand, change alias or style, and thereby creating a new buzz. In this case, it’s taking a song that you know is a brilliant piece of work and – once again – making it a fit with the music you’re creating. This version is slightly heavier, whereas the old version is way more chilled – and, most importantly, the vocal from Johanne Holm has been replaced by Nana Odderskær (other part of Vesper) and her (also) lovely voice. Oh, and there’s a new video out, which is – in my opinion – an impressive upgrade from the last one.
I can’t decide which track I prefer, but either way, I’d love it if this song came out in a new bottle every 5th year or so – but with no deleting of previous versions! There’s a debut EP out from Vesper, with four really solid tracks on it, out on every streaming services known to man. It’s definitely worthy of a listen, but there’s no reason not to start with ‘End It Starts’, that’s the song that will make you stop by their concert at SPOT Festival, and then go buy the record.
SPOT Festival: Friday at 22.00 – Filuren (Musikhuset)