PRE-Be-UN is the mysterious alias used by musician Nicolai Kleinermark Koch. With a past that includes playing keys in the bands Oh No Ono and Choir of Young Believers, both widely known Danish bands, he is not without experience in the business. Like many other musicians at this time and age, Koch chose to go beyond his respective bands in order to discover, develop and experiment with his own musical creativity
Koch really broke the silence about his solo project by releasing the enticing tape ”Coral Carol”. The tape unveiled skills in the electronic genre that are beyond the phrase “quite surprising”. Its quirky and beautiful tracks received praise from the critics and in the end landed him a spot on the Spot Festival line-up
What was exciting about PRE-Be-UN on the formerly mentioned tape, seems just as fresh and new on the debut “Clean Spasms”. It’s clean, lean and mean pop. Imagine Scandinavian architecture and interior design as a pop song to really get the point here. Not mean in the sense that there is a constant drumming bass as the core of every track, but mean in the sense that it’s exciting because it gets to you. The album is filled with avant-garde art pop tracks with a truly engaging soundscape with its range of different layers. Besides this the album has a twisted sort of psychedelic introvert sound that adds depth but also makes it kind of hard for the average listener to really get into “Clean Spasms”. It’s progressive sound might leave most listeners wondering if they just ‘witnessed’ elevator music from outer space. Which is a shame since anyone can hear that each track has carefully been looked over and showered with attention in the work process.
But the reason why Koch has impressed so wonderfully in putting this album together is also because he obviously wasn’t considering the fact that he might have to please and persuade new listeners. It’s honest, clean, deep and very much his very own. “Clean Spasms” is splendid album for those in the avant-garde know, with its omnipresent distorted vocals, synth and dreamy lyrics, and a real challenge for those who are just suckers for that great pop hit. Nonetheless it’s worthwhile your time and effort since you might be surprised about the things outer space might has to offer.