‘Buzzsessions’ is a live session series made by The Wild Honey Pie. With each new episode, they travel with a different band to a different part of New York City and record sometimes-intimate/sometimes-wild versions of two or three songs. This Buzzsession was shot at Degraw Sound, a Brooklyn recording studio on the Park Slope/Gowanus border, owned and operated by producer/engineer/musician Ben Rice.
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.
Indians, the musical alter ego of Copenhagen resident Søren Løkke Juul, have just signed to 4AD. While they only played their first concert in their hometown in February of this year and self-released their debut single in April, they’ve already garnered enough attention to perform shows across Europe and in North America, playing shows with the likes of Beirut, Bear In Heaven, Lower Dens, Retribution Gospel Choir, Savages and Weird Dreams over this Summer.
On the back of this early momentum, Indians today mark their signing to 4AD with their instalment in the 4AD Session series. Directed by Iain & Jane and filmed over the course of one day on Osea Island – a little-known, privately owned island in the estuary of the Blackwater in Essex – the starting point for the performance was embracing the challenge of playing, recording and filming outside, placing the music into a vast open space, under sky and near water.
With the intention to capture the sense of air and atmosphere in the music, each track was recorded in a different location, moving the band and cameras in order to introduce a new element that reflected the change in song. This was further complimented by the shift in light: the session begins with ‘I Am Haunted’ filmed just after high tide in the early afternoon, is followed by ‘Magic Kids’ just as the sun had set, ending with ‘New’ filmed in the small hours of the morning. While still flecked with the surreal ambience of Søren’s air-tight compositions, the full-band performance adds a foreboding sense of wonder that provides a fitting introduction into Indians’ very own natural world. You can watch their 4AD Session below.
Indians anticipate the release of their debut album in early-2013 and prior to that, the band start an extensive tour this weekend. They’re supporting Perfume Genius on some of his upcoming European tour dates, playing shows in Paris with Dan Deacon and London with Glass Animals before joining Other Lives on their huge North American tour.