Some music suits a certain mood. It just does. When you correctly match your mood to the music it can envelope you like a cloud of silk. However, some music is so atmospheric and so effective, painting a perfect tone, that it drags your mood into it’s picture whether you want it to or not. It’s design is so attractive that it’s impossible to resist. Today we are recommending a new artist who manages that trick like a master. Although her movements are subtle and patient, she will have you hypnotized under her spell before you know it. This is music that not only affects your mood, it controls it. Resistance is futile, so prepare to sink into your seat, prepare to let it surround you, prepare to let go, as this is music that comes with it’s own magical demands.
We’ve had a theme running on The Recommender over the last few weeks, covering a selection of outstanding artists that all happen to come from Denmark. You may recall the songsmith behind the group called Ulige Numre, or the earnest lift that came from Pinknoizu, or perhaps our favourite discovery of the year with Rangleklods and his outstanding alternative pop masterpieces. There must surely be something in the water in that corner of Scandinavia. Well, today we bring you the next Danish musician, showing us that this remarkable country isn’t quite yet finished with producing the most exciting artists of 2012, as yet another fresh creative, known as the solo artist Soffie Viemose, appears from this intriguing corner of Europe. It also continues the variation, as although these artists are all very fantastic indeed, they span a broad range of styles.
Soffie provides perhaps the starkest music of them all, but also perhaps the most grown up. This is music for adults. Adults who are comfortable with their own company. Adults who like to dive into their music with their eyes closed and let their imagination float out around them. She creates a stripped back form of electronic ballad, with attractive vocals, sung mostly in English, delivering it all whilst full of melodies and beautiful key changes. Wonderfully describing herself as “a Laptopper“, this is a synthetic form of fairytale that is ultra-contemporary in design, but it also feels just as secluded and singular as the image of someone actually working alone on a laptop. Her music has a cold architecture to it, with straight lines and sharp edges, but inside each tune, once it’s layers are all peeled back, you find elements that are as warm and rounded as a beating heart.
Her debut album, By Polar, is due out on her own label, Polar Records later this year. Comparisons will no doubt bounce around to other alternative pop balladeers such as Bjork, particularly on the single, Gift, and you can find familiar comparisons with a multitude of other Scandinavian songstresses, but her music is mostly akin to the fragmented, minimal end of Radiohead‘s fried, electronic spectrum. An EParrived towards the end of last year, with five delightful tunes that all feel equally pitched at your cerebral cortex. It’s the first taste of her classy work and it sets things up nicely for the full album. This artist is skilled at making music that’s not just there to listen to, but to get lost in, so take five minutes to indulge yourself in her music, or at least be warned, as once you click play, she’s going to take five minutes from you whether you volunteer them or not. (MB)
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