Photo of Astronaut by Sergei Sviatchenko
As usual, the music business is a speedy business. Suddenly, a massive amount of artists and bands unveil new tracks or album, and you quickly feel lost in the wild. For this reason, we have decided to dig into some of the previous releases from local outfits that we think deserve another spin. All the below tracks were released this year, and some might have gotten more airplay than others. Yet, in my opinion, they are still all essential to get a glimpse of the power of Aarhus – in different genres – at the moment. They are not ranked or anything, so be sure to check out all of them, while sipping coffee (or alcoholic beverages).
Astronaut – No Place For Lovers
There is just something special about the outfit Astronaut. Suddenly, out of the blue, they unveil music that blows you away and then disappear to create more masterpieces. In March, they released this modern Bowie-like beauty accompanied by a video. Written after the lead singer, Martin Emil Zeppelin watched ‘A Clockwork Orange’ for the first time, and with the help from none other than Claudius Mittendorfer (Artic Monkeys, Temples, Johnny Marr) in Manhattan.
Sounds like: Dark, melancholic vibes suitable for major arenas.
MONTI – Survival
Released only three days ago, this track by MONTI is the newest release on this list. At the same time as the release, they also decided to conquer Roskilde festival and show off themselves and their skills to the world. In other words, watch out for this six-piece band. It is rap music accompanied by a real band – I repeat: by a real band.
Sounds like: Taking chances, saying ‘funk you, traditions’.
Martin Baltser – Call Me Wild
Here is a young man, who moved from the southern part of Denmark to Aarhus with his guitar and magnificent voice. With this single, Call Me Wild, he introduced himself to the world – and what a way to do it. It is haunting and inviting, capturing your ears and forcing them to keep listening. Fans of Bon Iver and the likes will love this modern twist on musical simplicity.
Sounds like: Daydreaming about the wilderness of the world
Balí – Can’t Slip
Meet Jonas and Jakob, the two young ones creating electronic pop vibes under the moniker of Balí. Together, they strive to bring the taste of late nights into hearable sounds – and they succeed. Even before their first ever concert, people showed interest in their sounds, which resulted in them being signed by Target. Expect exciting things from this local outfit in the future. Fans of Phlake and the likes will for sure love this hidden gem.
Sounds like: Seeing that special girl at the bar while being too shy to say a word.