My Current Obsession is Under Byen, â€œSamme Stof Som Stofâ€
As a regular listener to the afternoon show, you know Iâ€™ve been playing lots of Scandinavian and Nordic bands lately. Not sure whatâ€™s going on up/over there, but damn, thereâ€™s lots of great new music coming out of that part of the world recently, like Sigur Ros, Mugison, and Emiliana Torrini out of Iceland; Love Is All, David & the Citizens, Radio LXMBRG, and Nicolai Dunger from Sweden, Mi and L’au from Finland (and France); Norwayâ€™s Serena-Maneesh; and from Denmark, the Figurines and my current obsession Under Byen.
Under Byen create a sound unlike any other bandâ€¦sure, youâ€™ll notice a little Bjork in the vocal, and a little Sigur Ros in the musical moods and glacial time shifts, but like much of the best music, Under Byen defies classification and comparison. Violin and cello melt into synthesizers colliding with metallic percussion. Bells, chimes, and otherworldly saw take you to new highs only to be grounded by raw feedback and noise. Sweet and comforting, then metallic and brutal. Beautiful and distinctive. Words fail, so enough with them, listen for yourself:
Let me know what you think…