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Soulful electronic from C.O.W. 牛 ft. Alxndr London: “Glitch”

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.”

 

You can follow C.O.W. 牛 on Facebook, their official website and all those other ways we do social media.

A piece of Copenhagen in Bozeman: Iceage to play at Rialto June 15th

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!

Featured Image Photo Credit: Steve Gullick

NEW PLAYLIST: Spring Vol II

Dig in, folks! The suns shining and so is this music!

 

Decadent electronic from Denmark: New record and single from SAVEUS

“Greatness or Madness” is one of those songs that you have to listen to all of the way through…several times. There is so much going on this track. It’s aggressive, thick, and in your face all the while Martin Hedegaard still delivers some pretty gorgeous vocals in there. Hedegaard performs under the name SAVEUS, a name that has been gathering attention in Denmark for his rich electronic sound that can be both dark and magnificent.

 

 

His debut record, Neuro, is out now on all your favorite streaming/purchasing platforms.

 

Album Review: Sam Evian – “You, Forever”

Sam Owens, stage name Sam Evian, brings us his sophomore record. You, Forever is a collection of gentle and supple tracks that easily nudge their way into your mind. Nothing on the record is overtly complex, just the way Owens wanted it. You, Forever is an ode to you, to all of us and the fact that we are who we are, forever. In the words of Owen:

 

“This is you, forever: deal with yourself,” he says. “It’s about accepting that you are responsible, that you are in charge of your actions. Everything that happens to you is because of you; no matter what happens, go there and learn from it.”

 

He approached writing and recording the album in parallel with the over all meaning of the record. Embracing who he was as a musician, he grabbed his family’s old instruments and wrote the entire album in his hometown in North Carolina. Just the way Owens describes owning up to your actions and accepting responsibility, he went about recording the album. In a rented house in upstate New York, his band mates Brian Betancourt (bass), Austin Vaughn (drums), Adam Brisbin (guitar), and Hannah Cohen (backup vocals) recorded You, Forever sans pedal tuning. Again, falling in line with the theme of the record, Owens made everyone in his band own up to their standards as musicians by removing a device that he felt made everything just sound too good and not real enough. The result is a work of art that is honest and approachable but not superficial.

 

The album opens with my favorite track on the record, “IDGAF.” I am not one to keep up with all the acronyms kids use these days but I get this one. If you don’t know what it stands for, listen to the song, it’s implied in the chorus. The track introduces you do the entire notion of the record, of accepting and owning yourself. Throwing your hands up, giving into yourself and saying:

 

I don’t care, I don’t care anymore,

Not like before

I don’t care, I don’t have to care anymore!

 

My one qualm with the track is that it’s over too soon. That being said, he IS able to pack in a fantastic underlying guitar melody that reels you in, a gentle build with chiming classic keys and a message that resonates. He certainly leaves you wanting more.

 

 

 

 

In stark contrast is “Health Machine” a head bobbing, rhythmic piece that is fully equipped with a gnarly saxophone exit. Comedically, the track is centered on our bodies and the chaos we put them through. About the track Owens says:

 

“It’s about the unattainable health that I would like to imagine for myself on tour. The line ‘We slither out on a Tuesday feeling tired and hopeless’ is such a hilarious picture: four people in a minivan slithering out of Atlanta, Georgia, stopping at a CVS and getting a bunch of Zicam. Health is your job if you’re touring as a musician, although it’s a job I don’t do so well.”

 

In todays world, we’re all trying to be good at a million things or maybe one thing, like being in a successful touring band like Owens. Regardless, we end up driving our poor bodies into the ground and if we’re lucky, we can keep our minds above the surface! “Health Machine” is another prominent example of how Owens can bring your attention to mundane topics of life like health and self-responsibility but do it in a way that makes you want to take some extra time to consider these topics.

 

Continuing to keep his listeners on their toes on this record, Owens delivers a nearly 5 minute ballad that slowly dissolves into an organized mess of instruments in the form of the track, “Anybody.” Immediately following is a delicate piece titled, “Apple”, not even two minutes in length. And from there he tugs you into “Country.” The track literally sounds like a road trip or a train chugging along down the tracks and that is just what it’s about. Many of the tracks on the album were lyrically inspired by a road trip him and his girlfriend (Hannah Cohen – back up vocals) took across the country.

 

Photo Credit Clockwise: Josh Coleman, Shervin Lainez, Josh Coleman

The latter half of the record is more swaying than the top of the album. It includes pieces like the title track, “You, Forever.” The meat of the track opens up to a glorious instrumental jam and that’s where it stays for the rest of the track. It’s the instrumental representation of, “This is you forever, deal with yourself.”

 

You, Forever is out on June 1st on Saddle Creek and you can catch him touring this June:

 

Sam Evian Tour Dates:
Thu. June 7 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott *^
Fri. June 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *^
Sat. June 9 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd ^
Sun. June 10 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook ^
Tue. June 12 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt ^
Wed. June 13 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
Thu. June 14 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Fri. June 15 – Millville, PA @ Mr. Small’s ^
Sat. June 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s ^

* = with Katie Von Schleicher
^ = with Buck Meek

New music from Duke Bluebeard

Duke Bluebeard, the stage name for Adam Lukacs, delivers two short and sweet tracks wrapped in a package titled, 4:20. The two tracks together add up to be exactly 4 minutes and 20 seconds, each one exactly 2 minutes and 10 seconds. The tracks are composed of simple lyrics revolving around loneliness, perhaps post-relationship?

“On My Own”

I was sleeping all alone

Now I’m waking up on my own

So now I’m working this out on my own

I’m on my own

This is left up to the listener to decide as the tracks are over so quickly, there isn’t time to dig too deep. I love this aspect because he allows the listener to own the songs meaning. You’re not force fed a six minute tragedy that’s boring and obvious (though that has it’s place and time!). Despite their short-lived nature, there is time for all those essential bits of a song: a quiet start, slow build and a gentle, smoldering finish. The vocals lovingly remind me of a favorite artist of mine, Amen Dunes. The tracks on 4:20 are titled “Waiting” and “On My Own” and are available on Spotify and many other streaming platforms.

 

New single from Maximillian: “Hollow Days”

19 year old Maximillian may be young but he is no stranger to the pop music scene in Copenhagen. His honey soaked voice has gifted us tracks like “Higher” and “Strangers” which have already made waves. His new single, “Hollow Days” is drenched in the honesty of a young heart. It’s an indulgent pop piece that’s both steamy and dance-able. Check it out:

 

 

 

It’s no wonder Maximillian is turning heads in Scandinavia. Follow him on Facebook  and Spotify.