SXSW 2012, Day 2: Choir Of Young Believers

photos by Brittney Bollay

Danish ensemble Choir of Young Believers are known for their angelic pop melodies, frontman Jannis Noya Makrigiannis’s crystalline vocals, and their use of airy synths and effects to complement spot-on traditional instrumentation, giving their music a lightweight, ethereal quality. Formed in 2006, the collective released their debut album This Is For The White In Your Eyes in 2008, and have since become good friend with KEXP, treating us to several live performances, including a set at SXSW in 2010. Earlier this year, we featured “Patricia’s Thirst” — from their soon-to-be-released album Rhine Gold — as our Song of the Day.

Choir of Young Believers brought seven musicians to the stage at Mellow Johnny‘s for their mid-afternoon performance on Thursday, quickly working through a selection of songs that all will appear on Rhine Gold (to be released March 20 on Ghostly International). With such a large ensemble, they produced an especially rich live sound, textured gorgeously with synths, a cello, a sax, and varied percussion.

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