SOA Exclusive: Tapetown x Love Talk: More Reasons Why This Is Aarhus’ Golden Era
We love suprises here, and the other day I was treated with a totally pleasant one completely out of the blue. Tapetown studios’ Rasmus Bredvig has been recording some great sounds over the last couple of years down in Aarhus’ “Lydhavnen”. It’s just one small part of a creative and artistic re-birth in the local arts that the city is enjoying, proving that just being the European capital of culture and getting attention for whatever that might bring is not all Aarhus is about. I suppose it might be about enjoying the exposure at the moment, realizing that now, more than ever, there is more cool shit going on here than in anyone’s memory and that we have to grab all of this while we can and shove it out there to make it real and permanent. This might just be the real “golden era” for Aarhus.
Love Talk stopped by Tapetown to record a single track. They apparently did – no problem. Bredvig suggested they keep rolling and the band lays down “Fire” – a four minute fuzzed out energy bomb of noise that totally sparks the producer, but not really the band at first, as they’d basically just written it before coming in to the studio. Love Talk have what they need, tell Bredvig that he can do whatever he wants with the ‘bonus song’ and Bredvig gets an idea to mix it, and have a video made right then and there with his colleague, Nikolai Fuglsang with a deadline of just 1 day to complete it. The results are pretty fucking cool if you ask me.
To most of you, it might not sound like a big deal to write, record, mix and do a video for a song in one day. In the 1950s it was normal of course, but now that we’re living in a world where it’s fairly commonplace for bands to spend years, not hours in a studio on stuff that sounds quite frankly, a hell of a lot more shit than this. On the other side of the coin, in today’s world, anyone with a computer can record themselves and have it up on Soundcloud instantly – the results, however, often a lot more shit than this. What I’m trying to say here is – this stuff still has to happen. We still have to take these captive moments when we can, and get them out there. Carpe the flipping diem, y’know?
“Fire” is an example of everyone being really good at doing something, and all working together to create something from nothing that is greater than the sum of its parts. Love Talk is a great band, Rasmus Bredvig is great at recording bands, Nikolai Fuglsang evidently is a master at putting cool visuals together very quickly. There was no mention of profit, creative input, public relations or concept here – it wasn’t over baked, it just IS. I really believe that this is something we need more of in this city – people coming together, if for nothing else, for the sake of doing something productive.
To sum all this up – I don’t want to give our readers that anything this good can be achieved in a day. Anyone can paint a can of soup and hang it up, but we’re not all Andy Warhol. Anyone can write a song, but we’re not all Bob Dylan – the point is, there are times when you just have to ask people if they’re up for something, and there are just times when you have to say ‘yes’ when someone proposes a whacky idea. More of this please, Arhusians!
Love Talk will be dropping the single they meant to record at Tapetown later this month, as well as playing at the legendary Tapetown Extravaganza 18/2 (it’s private and invite-only partying), until then we can bask in this really great track and video, done in a day’s time by some Aarhus creatives that did it out of pure love. That’s something we can get behind.