We (the rat pack at Sound Of Aarhus) have collected ten of our current favourite winter tracks for you to snuggle up in the couch, play in the snow or take a walk in the blistering cold, to.
These are tracks that, somehow, bring feelings, thoughts and memories connected to winter. So don’t expect any jingle bells, jolly egg nog references or shit like that. Only pure recommendations for your craving winter -moody ears, based on what we ourselves can’t go through winter without.
Choir of Young Believers – Jeg Ser Dig
These Copenhagen-based guys have always had a special place in my heart. Their style is mainly calm, instrumental pop, usually in English. Choir of Young Believers, who makes very melodic music with melancholic and fragile vocals, is probably most known for ‘Hollow Talk’ (2008), which was both the soundtrack for the Danish movie Submarino in 2010 and the TV series ‘Broen’ in 2011.
But they can do a lot more than that! This track from the ‘Grasque’ album coming out in February, is the first in Danish single from this band. It’s absolutely perfect for one of those dark afternoons, where you just want to get lost in your own thoughts; if you could, this would make you want to fly across landscapes of abandoned woods in silence and just take the whole thing in and keep the images in your mind forever.
Oliver Dengsø – My Yard
Oliver Dengsø is quite new on my list of artists. But I don’t think he’s going anywhere. Other than out in his yard…
I don’t know that much about him, other than that he’s from Aarhus, he has a lovely voice, strawberry blond-ish hair and he love his yard. AND he knows how to work an acoustic guitar.
The song ‘My Yard’ is founded on lovely and cheerful vocals with acoustic guitar. For now he’s only shared it on Soundcloud with a couple of other songs. I can imagine taking a slow walk on a sunny morning where everything is peaceful and the landscape is white with this song in my ears.
Palace Winter – Menton
Palace Winter is created by Caspar Hesselager and Carl Coleman in a tour bus in 2013. It turns out that their liking of each other’s music did not just benefit themselves but also everyone else who likes up beat soft rock. ’Menton’ is their second single from the EP ’Medication’ (out in October 2015) and it’s packed with great guitar riffs that you cannot keep yourself from dancing around to.
This is a clear must-have on your winter playlist, I’m telling you!
It’s a catchy rock tune that makes you want to hear it again as soon as it has ended. Or at least, that’s the craving of my ears! I kinda feel like listening to it biking on my way to a friend’s house, because it puts me in the perfect mood for spending time with my most important and fun people. You definitely want to be moving to this song, whether it’s by bike, car, on skates, or just on your feet… It doesn’t matter, as long as you are moving…
Vakle – 61oo
Vakle is connected to a calm, electronic, dub-ish genre. This tune jumps out from a girl moving from Denmark to London to study electronic music in 2012, and voilà, we suddenly had a new star on the electro scene.
‘61oo’ is her first and very comfortable single. It’s soft in its expression and as good for your ears as hot chocolate is for your taste buds. I almost feel like sitting by the window watching the snow fall to this.
The Raveonettes – Young and Cold
You know this band! I mean, if you don’t’, then you haven’t been around the music scene for more than a decade! If an introduction is needed anyway the keywords must be: Awesome Danish rock duo from 2000 with Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo. The band is founded in Copenhagen and has spread its talent with successful hits like “That Great Love Sound” (2003) and “Love in a Trashcan” (2005). The single ‘Young and Cold’ is from their ’Observator’ album in 2012 is less known, but it still contributes to The Raveonettes’ classic style of great beats and nicely played guitar, however, in a slightly different way.
Tammy Toledo, being a huge fan, has added a few comments to this song: I’ve been both young… and cold… and both can be miserable OR exciting. This song from The Raveonettes feels very wintery to me – it reminds me of walking around Aarhus this time of year, smelling all the Christmas smells but not being able to buy any of it…! God I love this band though.
Hymns From Nineveh – Anywhere With You
This band is a project formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter, and owner of a very charismatic voice, Jonas H. Petersen. ‘Anywhere With You’ from the album “Endurance in Christmas Time”, coming out in 2011, was actually their first hit single.
The first time I heard this song was some years ago while biking to work at 6:10am. I love, love, loved it! So much, that even though it was minus 13 degrees, very slippery by bike and my warm breath turned into ice crystals on my eyelashes and eye brows (I still have a picture from when I arrived at work!), I was still smiling. This lovely winter song, just made me love everything about that specific morning.
Yung – A Stain
With Mikkel Silkjær Holm in front, Yung is a well-established punk band from Aarhus, whose specialty is original garage- and grunge rock inspired tunes. The lead singer, Mikkel Silkjær Holm is often referred to as a new Kurt Cobain, because of his raspy grunge vocals that makes you imagine that head banging and mosh pits are very welcome and nearly expected at Yung’s live concerts.
‘A Stain’ is a slow starter that gets rougher after the first 30 seconds. This song calls for some winter action; whether it’s a snowball fight, a jump into the wild and freezing ocean or a rowdy night out with your friends. Go right ahead! Feel free to spaz out during the chorus.
Mads Björn – White Trees
This guy is a multi-talent. You may even call him a multi-instrumentalist, while being a great singer- songwriter as well. This is also expressed in his music, which is a mix of classic pop, electro and guitar sounds.
‘White trees’ is from Mads Björn’s highly praised album ‘Monolith’ (2012), which I personally believe is impossible to get fed up with.
I know ‘White Trees’ is three years old, but this is my own ‘Driving home for Christmas’- song. It gives me the space and calm melodic tunes to reminisce the past year’s experiences. Just close your eyes (not while driving of course) and get ready to feel all fuzzy and warm inside.
Artless Society – Everything You did
Competent pop rock musicians from Aarhus! That’s very easy to get. These guys are not afraid of trying out instruments, genres and sounds. That’s why it may not even be sufficient to categorise them as a pop-rock band… ‘Cause they are much more than that. In fact they tend to mix Eastern sounds with flamingo, electro, banjo-playing and Britpop.
This song is picked for the reason that it’s very catchy and filled with hard rhythmic riffs that kinda make you want to go running or sleigh riding to this as a background sound track. It reminds me that I can enjoy the freedom of the holidays and spend my days exactly the way I want to; some days doing everything with every one, and other days doing absolutely nothing.
Exec – The Explanatory Gap
Do you remember Troels Abrahamsen from the Danish electro rock band VETO? He’s out with beautiful new singles from a solo project called ‘EXEC’. With the project Troels Abrahamsen is reinventing his own sound with more acoustic and organic instrumental sounds, resulting in beautiful piano play supported by strong but emotional vocals. ‘The Explanatory Gap’ from the EP coming out in February wraps up this list with the sounds of twirling snowflakes falling from the sky. Imagine just lying there, on the ground, looking up in the cold sky, listening to this and letting your mind drift away in the snow. Maybe even take a nap to the sounds of the soft wavy piano sounds rolling over you.