Here is something you haven't heard before - because it's yet again a Poule d'Or exclusive! Swedish band foreverandever went the extra mile on this one and remixed the already smooth as silk single Waterfall by fellow Swedes Post Pines, a duo out of lovely Linköping.
Foreverandever then, took the spheric and mellow Post Pines track and banged it up a notch, taking it downstairs, dimming the lights. A rhythmic twist and dance piece, like moist air on a cold morning in September, appearing to hover over the cold forest floor. The remix is out tomorrow, May 30th - with Waterfalls, the real thing, being out now on Swedish label Meraki Force. Team Poule says, Swedish forests eh, take care out there.
Read somewhere the other day that sloths are increasingly being domesticated. Wasn't sure what to do with that piece of information but it stuck. Anyway, here is a track that is straight forward. Her's is a duo out of Liverpool and they got their guitars in order. Dorothy is their debut gem and out on a 7inch on Heist or Hit, comes with a stellar b-side too. Team Poule says, it's a sloth's world.
Three days filled with freezing cold, rain, flashing rays of sunlight and finally sunburns - and that was just the music part of SPOT Festival last weekend in Aarhus, Denmark. The 2016 edition of SPOT Festival yet again wasn't short of highlights. What strikes me most about SPOT Festival is the vast range of genres and styles they manage to put together each year: from freezing metal bands and rainy hip hop over flashing electro beats to your burning pop crooner. Over 150 bands played over the course of three days in more than 20 venues from small and indie to big and orchestral, all set around the Aarhus Musikskolen campus which has to be the secret heart of the Danish music scene. Local Aarhus heroes LISS and Lowly both played banging sets, really giving it a proper go in front of their home crowds. Lowly, after a stellar performance last year, again delivered a marvelous set in the big music hall inside the Aarhus Music Hall, see.
Another local group for the books were Astronaut, pictured in full effect above. The charming Danish five piece played a late Saturday night gig at the Limbo stage, inside a tiny and packed old train freight yard. One of the many great and atmospheric venues of SPOT Festival. Astronaut, then, showcased their raw and catchy indie sound, peppered with lots of lovely details - a jubilant new breeze of 80s inspired pop. Their new single Supernatural is pure and real and attached below, at your convenience.
Did you know that about 60% of the human brain is made of fat making it the fattest organ of the body? And that when you're asleep, your body produces a hormone that virtually paralyzes your muscles, preventing you from acting on your dreams. Surreal. And enter: Me Succeeds. The lovely duo out of Hamburg is about to drop the curtain on their second album Into Randomness on May 20th, via Ki Records. And if you are into dreamy vocals and lush electronic beats, Me Succeeds will be positioned firmly up your alley.
Hurt You now, is their second single of the new album and with great pleasure a Poule d'Or exclusive. Attached below, at your utmost convenience. The video was edited by Me Succeeds themselves, using nothing but an iPad, PhotoBooth and some software to visualize fiber track data from diffusion MR imaging tractography. MR imaging tractography you might say? Yes, magically, the two worked together with Dr. Saskia Steinmann from the local Hamburg University Hospital to make MRT scans of their own brains, visualizing their neural pathways in the process. A picture of which, you can see here. I mean, a photo of their brains, and thoughts, and dreams. How about that. Team Poule says, stay true to yourself, and follow your dreams.
The winter nights of May are ever so lovely in the Danish town that is Aarhus. SPOT Festival is only a mere fortnights away and Team Poule is properly pumped to drive up north. Among the golden ones in the line up are Copenhagen duo Palace Winter - who just vient de releasing a new single! HW Running is an homage to the movie There Will Be Blood, and as the band explains: "H.W. becomes the personification of the themes of this song with his love for his father and the tension between them as a clear reference point in the lyrics."
This track really catapults them onto a whole new level, it feels like. The songwriting and composition are just perfect, great tempo, epic build up. They're gonna be a must-see in Aarhus this year, playing Voxhall on Saturday night, 23h30. Their debut album Waiting for the World to Turn is set to be released June 3rd on super label Tambourhinoceros. Team Poule says, get ready, because they will be packing heavy.
In a world where nothing seems certain anymore, where nothing seems to be the way it used to be, where no beacon leads your way, in this world a new fuzzy force has emerged and placed itself neatly, riding the chillwaves at its peak. US and Swedish quartet FEWS are a fuzzy black and white aesthetic with crooning vocals and havoc wreaking guitars. Underneath the blurry mass though lures a deeply optimistic and forward looking agenda. Their debut album Means is set to be released on top-label PIAS next month, May 20th. Attached below is their new single 100 Goosebumps in visual and non-visual form.
You haven't experienced the surfing sounds of FEWS to the full extent though if you haven't seen them perform on a stage. Luckily, they traded their beach time this summer to play just about every relevant part of Europe. After are head line UK tour in May, they have lined up an impressive list of festivals, all of which to be found here. Team Poule says, what a ride!
The hottest Scandinavian bands, ice blue skies and countless magical moments are only a few fortnights away when Denmark's second biggest city and the capital of Europe's Region of Gastronomy 2017 Aarhus hosts SPOT Festival yet again. From April 29th to May 1st, more than 150 bands will play shows in various locations in and around Aarhus' central music hall. A three night extravaganza on the hunt for the newest talents. Booked right next to obvious names like Kakkmaddafakka and 2016's most hotly traded commodity Liss are Copenhagen's Shy Shy Shy. Their indie pop is innocent and dreamy while at the same time being straight forward and just on-point. The video to their catchy Don't Ask is pasted below. And their debut EP Love Songs came out last fall.
The duo will be playing on Saturday at 5pm at Voxhall and also in a daytime show at Fidels bar at 1pm. Furthermore, they have just been added to the line-up of Hamburg's own MS Dockville this summer. Team Poule says, oh yeah gonna be hottt!
Yet another for one of those shiny Poule d'Or exclusives! Our favorite delight Guns has put forth a brand new video - which is attached below at your utmost convenience. Norwegian native Gunhild "Guns" Jarwson Tekle comes unarmed for this one, with nothing but a catchy song, VHS vibes and dramatic bath robe moves. Pulling the strings behind the scenes was Camilla Myhre, who already shot Guns' Ricochet video. A dream team you might say!
Speaking of dream teams, Team Poule will be heading to SPOT Festival in fair old Aarhus next week and guess who is set to play a few songs on Friday night, Apr. 29th at 9? You know who. And more importantly, Guns has also been confirmed to do a spot at Roskilde this summer. Good things happening to good people. Team Poule says, we know exactly how you feel.