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Album Review

The debut album from Danish singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Søren Løkke Juul, the one-man band behind Indians, rolls in like fog from the North Sea with the elegiac yet carefully measured opening track "New." Like much of the dreamy Somewhere Else, its spacious slow build belays its subtle, emotional pyrotechnics ("The war is just outside my door/and I’m going out to win"). Juul's chilly, atmospheric electro-folk fits right in with the current 4AD roster (Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Bon Iver, Grimes, Iron & Wine), but it has a lot more in common with like-minded, eclectic, Copenhagen-bound contemporaries like Choir of Young Believers, Oh No Ono, and Efterklang, all of whom share Indians' penchant for crafting alternately quirky and morose indie pop that's been filtered through the wide angle lens of new wave. For the most part, Juul sticks with the Bon Iver/Fleet Foxes model of expansive, confessional indie folk, albeit peppered with electronic flourishes, with highlights arriving via the propulsive "Cakelakers" and the Arcade Fire-esque "I Am Haunted," but he occasionally veers off into shimmery, Sigur Rós territory, especially on the lovely second cut "Bird." Elsewhere, songs like "Magic Kids" and "Reality Sublime" sound like house cuts with all of the beats removed (it's actually pretty effective), and the quietly cascading title track provides a nice bookend to its similarly structured opening volley, resulting in a solid, if a little subtle, debut that promises great things while delivering many very good ones.

Customer Reviews

Superb effort, despite a few lame reviews!

I would suggest that the 'nihilisticterroristmoron' probably listened to two sound bites for his cynical take on Indians' lack of originality. I sure wish that reviewers would spend as much time on their sincerity in reviewing music (that they've actually purchased) rather than spending most of their effort coming up with intimidating sounding ID's. As for the actual music, I've purchased it, I've listened to it many times, and it's superb. And believe it or not, it has very little in common with Band of Horses. It's easy to pigeon-hole ballad-based singer songwriters as all sounding the same, just as it is for metal bands or rappers or roots-oriented groups or any other genre. I've seen Indians and I've seen Band of Horses live, and they are more dissimilar than similar. There are perhaps two mediocre songs here, which leaves 11 outstanding tracks that have depth and musicality, and are quite compelling, especially after multiple listens. It's a superb effort!

Indians

Something new that is actually worth a listen finally. It will definitely grow on you after a few listens.

5/5

Yeah, this sounds nothing like Band Of Horses, BOH is tired and old news. Yeah their stuff used to be good but as soon as they started to get popular their music has become less than desirable. It's nice to finally hear something new and original.

Biography

Born: Copenhagen, Denmark

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Both wistfully understated and willfully eclectic, Danish indie pop outfit Indians was formed as a solo vehicle for Copenhagen-based singer/songwriter/one-man band Søren Løkke Juul. Steeped in the ghostly synth pop atmospherics of his fellow countrymen Efterklang, but leaning harder on the indie pop sensibilities of more traditional, song-oriented contemporaries like Beirut, Gravenhurst, and Choir of Young Believers, Juul performed his first...
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