Earlier in the year, one of my favorite Danish artists, Jacob Bellens dropped by the Natural History museum to record an intimate set for the YouTube series, Sofar – “Songs From A Room”. The Sofar sessions have been placing bands and artists in intimate settings and seeing them perform material laid bare, usually in someone’s living room or an otherwise less obvious locale.
Choosing Aarhus’ decrepit natural history museum was an odd but very appropriate choice. I’ll bet most of you don’t even know that we have a Natural History museum eh? Well we do, and it’s badly in need of an update to be honest. If you are morbidly into freeze-dried animals and skeletons, this is your new hangout. In fact, I was thinking – why don’t we use this space for more shit like this?
The video sees our history museum with mood lighting and for once, a crowd in it – (notably a pregnant woman rubbing her belly for some reason, or maybe she ate something disagreeable before going to a concert taping) before Bellens plays a new composition, “Book Of Rhymes” – a sparsely accompanied piece that conjures up some of his classic “I Got You On Tape” era tunes. Jacob Bellens has one of the most easily identifiable voices in current Danish music. For you anglophiles out there – see if you like the way he pronounces “grape vines”.
Great work as always to the Sofar Sounds crew, a stunningly shot and mixed video in an interesting session with one of my favorite Danes. Subscribe to Sofar and check out their previous and upcoming sessions for more.