Turquoise Sun might sound new to your ears, but in fact these Aarhus-based guys have stuck together for quite some time now. They have all been friends since high school where they were hanging out and writing songs in many different styles before they decided to call themselves Turquoise Sun and start forming their own sound.
It all started in their late teens, when Jonas left a guitar at Frederik’s place. Too curious to leave it alone, Frederik began learning how to play and soon started jamming with Jonas.
Simon and Frederik hung out and skated together regularly. And having played a bit of piano as a kid, it was natural that Simon also joined in on the jams.
Coming from a small town it was hard to find musicians; but Frederik knew of two skilled guys, Henrik and Kasper who played in another band, so he convinced them to start playing with him and the others instead. Finally, Andreas came into the picture: A saxophone player who was really into jazz but wanted to try playing rock, and who eventually turned out to be an incredible vocalist.
After that, Turquoise Sun took everything as it came, just to see where it all would go. Fortunately, it went to a debut EP, release parties, radio time, and many, many live gigs that brought some of their most memorable moments – And especially the release party in Aarhus stands out as an important milestone for the band.
“It was really something! Double Rainbow was turned into a crazy psychedelic stage with visuals and smoke, completely packed with a local and committed audience, we didn’t know we had!” Andreas says.
And Frederik adds that recording the EP in Medley Studio was a big one for him as well: “They were some of the most memorable days in my life! I really hope we get that feeling again sometime”.
These guys are obviously very versatile in their style and instrumental skills with lots of synthesizers, saxophone, organs and guitars all merged into an electric psych-style. But that’s their full intention. They used one of their favorite songs to describe their process of experimenting with ideas and creating their own universe.
Frederik: “We want to be borderless. And the song Tunnel Vision created this unlimited space for us. With it, I think, we were able to emphasise the psychedelic quality in our sound. The fundament of the song was established pretty quickly, but as we nerded the details even more, it turned into a two-parted song warping into manic loops of voices and sounds. I feel it was both inspired by Animal Collective and from going to forest raves and feeling the power of repetition. Tunnel Vision’s loops were us trying to create a fusion of psych trance and space rock”.
From this description it’s obvious that Turquoise Sun is much more than ‘just’ psych rock. In fact, Andreas says that if they were to describe themselves without jumping into a genre box it would be ‘a dynamic, colorful inferno of danceable rhythms backed up with melodic lines’. Wow! That’s a description right there. But really, if they were to invent something entirely new, ‘smurf death metal’ would be the new thing – We would like to hear a sample of that!
Last year’s EP is, thankfully, not the last thing you’ll hear from the surf-styling psych rock boys. You’ll be jumping around to and taking in even more psychedelic electro sounds during this year or next year, where they expect to drop new material:
Andreas: “We have a good handful of material and some of it’s already recorded, but since we don’t wanna rush things, we can only say it’s gonna be this year or the next”. Yay! That sounds promising.
But why wait until then, when you can kick January in the butt and get a good look at the boys and their psychedelic surf-rock sounds at their concert
- at HUSET in Copenhagen the 21st of January
- and at Train in Aarhus the 23rd of January.
Come join – Frederik says it’s gonna be loud and dirty!
Get a head start and throw yourself into a Turquoise Sun universe with the great ‘To Beat or not to Beat’ from their first EP (May, 2015).
But before you go into the psych world, we have a final treat for you: This unplugged video just got in from the band. They call it their first contribution to their Live Cook Down Sessions, where they simply pick out a song and strip it down to the core of psych-pop elements in instrumentals and playing acts, letting the elements speak for themselves. This is psych-pop in all its clarity, so to speak.
Watch ‘When we reach our goal’ in this raw cook down session.
Heads up – the original song might not even be officially published, so this is a must see!
Go on, get psyched:
”When we reach our goal” // Cook Down Session