Released 7. October 2013 (A.Larm Music)
Better late than never, a review of the intense live-album from partly local Under Byen.
The story of this band goes all the way back to 1995, where the two friends Katrine Stockholm and Henriette Sennenvaldt formed the band, the idea came to them while being on a bike ride. They actually wanted to write english lyrics, but as that didn’t work out for them, they tried to put some of Henriette’s Danish poems together with Katrine’s piano, and found something, but realized they needed more instruments, and joined forces with just the right musicians.
There’s been some changes since then among band members, and Katrine is no longer an active part of Under Byen, however the band today holds seven gifted musicians, including the founding members Henriette (vocal), Morten (Drums) and Anders (percussion, Drums, accordion, harmonica, guitar).
Throughout the years, Under Byen have enjoyed a lot of success both inside and outside their home country, but in the last couple of years they’ve had fewer and fewer concerts in DK. Their latest release, ‘Protokol’, is a live album recorded during their tour visiting Poland, Russia and France, meaning that this is new recordings of already existing numbers – and the general Under Byen fan is definitely in for a treat here.
This is in any way a relaxing album. An album you wanna put on while studying, while in lack of focus and creative inspiration. You can almost feel the relaxed approach from the band, stating that this is incredible musicians, and they know what they’re doing. The atmosphere and the feelings are only increased with the sensual voice from Henriette. You can definitely draw comparisons between her and Kristine Stubbe Teglbjaerg in her Blue Foundation days.
‘Protokol’ is loud and noisy, but quiet at the same time, and in general an album you put on with no intention of changing between songs. The variation in and between the songs, does that you are never bored, but you want to hear more, and i can easily understand why Under Byen have had success outside DK, even though it’s danish lyrics. I’m not saying that the lyrics doesn’t matter, but the combination of vocals and music creates a musical language, that most people would understand.
In this review i won’t go through ‘Protokol’ track by track, as this, once again, is an album where you press play and listen to every song. The stories and feelings goes in many directions, and even though this is live recordings, you get to enjoy what sounds like musical freedom. Stream it on Spotify, buy the album or whatever, this is one of those albums where you get to enjoy “real” music, from our present music scene.
This live album is rewarded with a (4/5), and i gotta say that i’ve added this album to my studying-playlist!