C.O.W. 牛 always brings something a bit unexpected to the table, whether it’s sonic or visual. The German-Chinese electronic duo has an incredible way of merging beats with bizarrely rich visuals of gaudy indulgences. Characters in their videos are often decked out with over-the-top jewelry, moving in slow motion to whatever juicy track C.O.W. 牛 created. The most recent release, “Glitch”, was a major collaboration with both acclaimed electronic musician, Alxndr London, and dancer, Amie Georgsson Jammeh. Alxndr London just released his latest EP, 2023, and it’s already receiving a lot of attention. Clash says 2023 “merges murky electronics with future soul to create something incredible, and truly other-worldly.”
In my opinion (may be biased as I am a dancer myself), Swedish/German dancer, Amie, makes the video. Her movements are not inspired by the music, they make the music. Each jolt, pop and glitch comes from her body. Her freedom of movement mixes flawlessly with the wild beats; smooth and melancholic, sharp and natural. Amie had this to say about what dance means to her:
“Dance is something so essential to all living creatures, and I never really thought about why I do it. It just happens. Because why not. Why not express yourself through dance and movements. It’s just another language really. Another voice. And it opens up so many possibilities. Possibilities to express, explore and discover new things. It’s a great way to test the limits in all aspects of life.”
Danish four-piece, Iceage, is scheduled to play at The Rialto here in Bozeman this June 15th as part of their tour for their latest record, Beyondless, out now on Matador Records. The band’s sound has morphed since the release of their first record, New Brigade, in 2011. With this evolution, came a raw sense of maturity and ownership of what their music is, ultimately allowing them freedom to write and create. Regardless of whether you’ve heard Iceage’s music before, you can witness them for yourself. The Rialto promises perfect sound, an ideal setting and an intimate environment to experience Iceage up close.
The band is composed of Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (vocals, lyrics), Jakob Tvilling Pless (bass), Dan Kjær Nielsen (drums), and Johan Wieth (guitar). Together, they write music that is chaotic, brilliant and full of witty jargon that only the most well-read may appreciate. Check out their single, “Catch It”:
You can listen to their new record, Beyondless, on all major streaming platforms and can score yourself a copy at the show this Friday!