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Kill J and Linnea Henriksson feat. Vindla (Öresundsfestival session)

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On a damp Wednesday morning at the Swedish embassy in Copenhagen, we meet up with Danish and Swedish artists Kill J and Linnea Henriksson (respectively), along with string quartet Vindla. Each artist are set to perform solo with Vindla, who play together as a quartet with various acts, also covering popular music tracks, in the warm up they treat the audience to a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” before Kill J and Linnea Henriksson step onstage to give spine tingling versions of their tracks “Bullet” (Kill J) and “Halmstad” (Linnea Henriksson).

SESSION: My Heart The Brave (Roskilde Rising)

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Producer Caspar Hesselager’s brand of electro-pop relies on tightly syncopated rhythms and organic instrumentation. A classical pianist by training, Hesselager layers his songs with quirky riffs that encourage the listener to keep rewinding, in an attempt to prize the layers apart. The “Keep Me From It” single might seem to aspire to summer-hit status, but it’s off-kilter rhythms and steel-drum-imitating piano complicate the song and invite closer listening – which reveals a frantic bassline hidden under the heavy synth stabs. All these elements are brought together by Hesselager’s accented, low-key vocals.

Catch My Heart The Brave on the Roskilde Rising stage, Tuesday 1st July at 18:30.

SESSION: Heimatt (Roskilde Rising)

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Fronted by Magnus Grilstad, Heimatt approaches indie rock through vibe of traditional English folk with its predominantly acoustic arrangements and a violin that offers not only colorful harmonies but sometimes erie textures as well. Grilstad’s throaty vocals have a deep, sensitive resonance and occasionally shade into an American country twang. Their debut EP, To The Mountain, released in February, is energetic in spite of fact that the lyrics betray a pretty constant sadness. With a majority of their tunes being upbeat, however, there is a perfect foil to all of that melancholia, or at least there’s a sense of catharsis. The band arrived at the Black Tornado Studio on a sunny spring afternoon to perform their tracks, ‘Everyone’s A Sinner’, ‘Nordic Tales’ and ‘Comforting Love’.

Catch Heimiatt on the Roskilde Rising stage, Monday 30th June at 14:00.

SESSION: Förtress (Roskilde Rising)

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For those that are more hard rock inclined, look no further than the naked, tattooed torsos of Förtress. The bands recent single ‘Forest of the Wicked’ has all the long hair thrashing a heavy rock fan could wish for, whilst maintaining a solid melody and listenability. They keep their description on the band’s Facebook page simple: “Heavy Rock. Big Dicks. Balls of Steel.” The band came to Black Tornado studio on an April evening to perform current single ‘Forest Of The Wicked’, ‘Year Of The Witch’ and ‘Howl’.

Catch Förtress on the Roskilde Rising stage, Tuesday 1st July at 21:30.

SESSION: Communions

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Like their big brothers, Iceage and LowerCommunions are squarely based among the Mayhem set, where waistbands are high, haircuts sharp, and screamed vocals drenched in reverb. The young quartet has gained attention by melding the typical hardcore/goth hybrid of the likes of Iceage with surf-rock melodies and one-note guitar riffs. Their first EP, Cobblestones, was naturally released by Posh Isolation back in January. The band came to the Black Tornado studios in Copenhagen to perform two songs, new track ‘Summer’s Oath’ and title track from their EP ‘Cobblestones’.

 

SESSION: Frightened Rabbit

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Add “Scottish” to the word “indie” and you can always expect a certain dose of gloom, but Frightened Rabbit inject some pathos and grandeur, resulting in an acclaimed fifth album, Pedestrian Verse. Three of the fivepiece, brothers Scott and Grant Hutchinson, and guitarist Gordon Skene, joined us to play acoustic versions of two tracks from their latest album, “Holy” and “Backyard Skulls”, plus “Candlelit”, from their 2013 E.P., The Woodpile.

SESSION: Sekuoia

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Patrick Alexander Bech Madsen, the almost annoyingly-young Danish producer recording under the name Sekuoia, embodies electronica in its most internationalist form. Düsseldorf, Detroit and Denmark are distilled into concentrated, mid-tempo pieces that give plenty of space to a rich intertwining of analogue instruments, record hiss and broken vocal samples. He met with his band in late December 2013 to run us through a set consisting of single ‘Rituals’, ‘Nothing’ and new track ‘Waves’. Watch the session below:

SESSION: Scarlet Chives

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Scarlet Chives are the Copenhagen based quintet consisting of Maria Mortensen (lead singer), Brian Batz (lead guitar), Peter Esben (bass), Rasmus Lindahl (keys) & Daniel Kolind (drums). In 2011, they released their self-titled debut album with the band earning success in both Denmark and Norway most notably with the tracks “Don’t You Put Your Hands There” and “The Horror” which had regular air time on the countries top radio stations.

For their follow up the band locked themselves away in a cabin deep in the Swedish wilderness as they seeked inspiration for new songs, the result, This Is Protection which was released in September 2013 to critical acclaim. In support of the album the band headed back out on the road to tour both Norway and Denmark in the fall of 2013. Mortensen’s powerful vocals have drawn up comparisons to the likes of Kate Bush/Elizabeth Fraser in a genre thats been touted as “orchestral pop”. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you, Scarlet Chives……..

CREDITS

Production: Here Today
Sound engineer: Troels Damgaard
Audio mix: Brian Batz
Master: Brian Batz
Location: Black Tornado

SESSION: The Wands

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The Wands are a psychedelic rock duo from Copenhagen consisting of Christian Skibdal and Mads Bredtoft Gräs that formed in 2011. Last year they released their 6 track debut EP Hello I Know The Blow You Grow Is Magic and in support of the EP they played shows across Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany and UK. They’ll be hitting the road again this January playing shows at Eurosonic and Berlin’s Psych Fest with plans later in the year for a full length debut.

CREDITS

Production: Here Today
Sound engineer: Troels Damgaard
Audio mix: Troels Damgaard
Master: Martin Birket-Smith
Location: Black Tornado

Sessions of the year 2013

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The Luyas

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Reptile Youth

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Cody

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Shiny Darkly

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Schultz and Forever

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Jacob Bellens

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Egyptian Hip Hop

Adam Green and Binki Shapiro

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Shout Out Louds

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Widowspeak

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Ice Cream Cathedral

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The Woken Trees

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Broke

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Ghost Venue

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Ásgeir

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Kool A.D.

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Taragana Pyjarama

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The Felines

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