Photo of Dance With Dirt by Johanne Teglgård Olsen
It is Sunday again, which means that it is time to do a weekly wrap up again. Personally, I have really started to like this weekly ritual. I get up, pour up a cup of coffee, put the pen to the paper and catch up on a combination of this week’s emails, other brilliant Danish blogs and zines, and our very own editorial content from the week that has just reached its end – not only can I get the change to focus on some of my personal highlights of the week, but also to showcase them online. Think of this weekly wrap up category as musical tapas.
As always, this weekly wrap up will highlight some of the week’s new releases, news from some of our Danish festivals, and finally a final category with whatever news might be relevant. Keep in mind, that this weekly wrap up is my subjective personal highlights, and therefore, objectivity is not the goal. Feel more than free to leave a comment below, with some of the highlights from this week that you find relevant. Also, feel more than free to leave your thoughts about the weekly wrap up category below.
New Album Releases:
First of all, this week we have had the honour of exclusively premiering Aarhus-based Moon Loves Honey’s debut EP ‘Apart’. Musically, the EP is a melancholic and hypnotic release from a debuting band that draws on influences from shoegaze, rock and ambient dream-pop elements. Fans of Mew and the likes will like it. Hear Moon Loves Honey – ‘Apart’ Here.
Furthermore, we have had the honour of exclusively premiering another Aarhus-based band, Federal Unicorn. This Thursday they premiered their new EP ‘Substances’; following up on their album from 2014 called ‘Come Again’. Musically, it serves a combination of grungy rock and melodious lighter elements that really deserves a listen. Hear Federal Unicorn – ‘Substances’ Here.
Another release, which deserves a listen, comes from Dance With Dirt. Now, three years after the release of their debut ‘We Are Dance With Dirt’ and some smaller changes on the drummer position, the four-piece are finally back with another magnificent second album called ‘Marathon’. Musically, it combines the outstanding vocal of their lead singer, with the raw and classic rock guitar. All served in a package that smells of tobacco and beers – Soon we will publish our review of the album online, so watch out on SoundOfAarhus.com. Hear The Full Dance With Dirt – ‘Marathon’ Here.
Also, the guys from Hymns From Nineveh, musically lead by singer-songwriter Jonas H. Petersen, have released their fourth album called ‘Sunday Music’. A special little thing about this album is the fact that Jonas actually travelled to Botswana as part of the creation of both the lyrical and musical side of this album. Indeed a beautiful album. Hear The Full Hymns From Nineveh – ‘Sunday Music’ Here.
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Festival News from SPOT, Northside, Alive, Heartland, and SmukFest
This week we have been receiving news from many of the country’s festivals. Therefore, I will not go into further details with their new additions, but will quickly sum up what have been added to each festival’s lineup.
First of all, SPOT Festival has added The Awesome Welles and the R&B duo SAINT CAVA. In addition, the regional project Rock The Region has unveiled four bands and a solo artist. These are Gwænno, Double Time, FABL, I Said I Love, and nord. You can experience them at Godsbanen during this year’s SPOT Festival.
Secondly, Northside Festival added ten more acts to their 2016 poster. The ten acts, that they unveiled are as follows: Coasts, Puscifer, Wolf Parade, Samm Henshaw, Jamie Lawson, Blossoms, Marvelous Mosell, Alex Vargas, Scarlet Pleasure, and Phlake. You can hear Coasts’ song ‘A Rush of Blood’ above. Remember that Northside Festival also revealed five bands last week – see them here.
Furthermore, SmukFest added five more acts to their lineup. The festival has already had a massive year; being sold out before their unveiled a single act. The five acts are as follows: Madcon, Lågsus med P3, Brown Sabbath, Red Warzawa, and Rainy Days.
Also, the Thy-based Alive Festival has unveiled the first four acts. The festival that will host its eighth edition from August 11-13 this year has unveiled the following four: The Minds of 99, Blaue Blume, Jonah Blacksmith, and CHINAH.
Finally, the new festival Heartland Festival has unveiled four additional musical acts, namely: Kwamie Liv, Ásgeir, Mercury Rev, and Seinabo Sey.
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The Guys From Lukas Graham Are Conquering Charts All Over The World
It seems like guys from Danish band Lukas Graham have finally found a secret formula for the way to top spots on charts all over the world. At this very moment, they have reached Top20 in the US, as well as number one in both England and Australia. Two years ago, we met them before their performance on the stage of the European Border Breakers Award (EBBA) in Groningen, the Netherlands, for which they received an award for Best Breakthrough in 2013 together with other 9 European artists. You can read our Lukas Graham interview here.
FONA To Close Two Stores in Aarhus
As you have probably heard already, the retail electronic chain FONA has been running their business in an unsustainable way. Therefore, the result is that the chain will close 25 out of their 56 stores in the country. Furthermore, 300 of their 975 employees will be fired. Two of the stores to be closed are located in the Aarhus area, namely: FONA Strøget, Aarhus and FONA City Vest in Brabrand.
New Video Releases:
I have decided to focus on a smaller number of new video releases coming out the Danish music scene this week. You can see them all below. First up is JØRCK. The duo which just premiered their new video for ‘You Let The Looseness In’ via Gaffa. It will officially release tomorrow.
Secondly, WHO IS LOUIS have unveiled the video for their lead album single ‘Fancy Me’, before the release of their debut album on March 4.
The third video release comes from the Danish dream-pop Another Juggle, which just released their new video for their new single ‘Not Now’ – a track you might have heard lately as the hit on DR P3’s hit chart Det Elektriske Barometer.
As mentioned above, Aarhus-based Dance With Dirt just released their second album ‘Marathon’ this week. However, they also unveiled a new video for the single ‘Let Your Fingers Do The Y’ from that album. Check it out, as well as the album.
Finally, the hard-hitting Aarhus based act Act of Instinct released their new gloomy video for ‘Miley.