January 25th will see Indians release their debut album, Somewhere Else, via 4AD/Remote Control.
Coming to the attention of the label after a clutch of demo tracks went online early this year, Indians are still a relatively new proposition. From Copenhagen, Indians is actually one man, Søren Løkke Juul, who brought his band in to being last winter when he felt the need to challenge himself and do something different. Not aiming for anything other than satisfying a creative urge, things have snowballed quickly since. Having performed his first show back in February and self-releasing his debut single a few months later, he then signed a worldwide record deal with 4AD, recorded an album and enjoyed a fruitful summer on the road with tours throughout Europe and North America (playing shows with the likes of Beirut, Bear In Heaven, Dan Deacon, Lower Dens, Perfume Genius, Retribution Gospel Choir, Savages, Weird Dreams and more).
Recorded in a countryside studio outside Copenhagen, Somewhere Else is a highly personal document that’s equal parts melancholic lament and hopeful stargazing, with the album title itself an indication of the sense of otherness that runs throughout Søren’s music. Heavily evocative of the natural world, the album’s cavernous tones and Autumnal warmth just as much recall the vastness of the Scandinavia landscape that formed the backdrop of its conception as it does classic long players from likeminded avant-pop purveyors Flaming Lips and The Radio Dept.
Marking their signing to the label with the recording of a special 4AD Session on Osea Island (a little-known, privately owned island in the estuary of the Blackwater in Essex), three tracks were aired early last month to much intrigue. The session showed Indians fleshed out as a three piece, with the intention to capture the sense of air and atmosphere in the music as well as embracing the challenge of playing, recording and filming outside, placing the music into a vast open space, under sky and near water.