Compilation features all 3 acts from Ja Ja Ja September plus Choir Of Young Believers, The Tallest Man On Earth, Thomas Dybdahl and more
London’s foremost Nordic music night Ja Ja Ja is set to return this week, back with a stellar line-up to The Lexington on Thursday 27th September. Founded in 2009, Ja Ja Ja has since become a credible destination for fans of new Nordic music, uncovering an array of up-and-coming talent from all over the culturally-rich region.
September’s roll call continues on true diverse form, featuring the dramatic electronic pop of Sandra Kolstad (Norway), the atmospheric post-r n b of The XX’s new favourite band Phantom (Finland), and the gentle alt folk of The White Album (Denmark). Tickets are £5 in advance (£6 on the door), available from here.
To further herald the relaunch, Ja Ja Ja have made a mixtape featuring all three acts performing on Thursday, with a little help from Phantom who have recommended tracks from their favourite current Nordic acts. Stream this lively ten track compilation, featuring Sandra Kolstad, Phantom, The White Album plus songs from Choir Of Young Believers, The Tallest Man On Earth, Thomas Dybdahl and an exclusive track from Norway’s Bloksberg:
About Sandra Kolstad:
Sandra Kolstad makes electronic pop music that’s danceable, explosive and extravagant. An established star in Norway, she’s playlist and national newspaper material on her home turf and has often been described as “Norway’s queen of electronic pop”. She was nominated at Oslo’s By:Larm festival for a new internationally-breaking artist, and early responses to her new album ‘(Nothing Lasts) Forever’ – out this week on Trust Me Records – suggest this was as much a premonition than prediction. Known for her highly visual performances, Kolstad is a classically trained pianist with big ambitions for music’s live potential; as well as her expressive, joyful dancing and swathed in kaleidoscopic projected lights, Sandra’s accompanied by noise musician Marck Fuck and long-standing collaborator Francis Petter Eldh, a Swedish jazz musician and improvisor.
Kolstad’s live show has seduced audiences across Europe, including major festivals like Roskilde, Øya, Berlin Music Week and Slottsfjell, and at Roundhouse Rising in London.
Watch Kolstad work her charms in this vibrant clip for current single ‘The Well’:
In Helsinki January 2012, two musicians and startup entrepreneurs (Tommi Koskinen from Kitkaliitto and AudioDraft with Hanna Toivonen from Mukava Music) combined their forces to become this beguiling electronic duo.
Phantom launched their first EP ‘Scars’ and music video at SXSW 2012 in Austin, Texas. Since then they have drawn attention from around the world including a blog post from The XX and a positive Pitchfork review. They have also played several gigs abroad provoking rapturous responses, with the show incorporating stunning realtime Kinect visuals and an original handmade instrument (midi theremin) affectionately called UFO.
Watch the emotive video for EP title track ‘Scars’:
About The White Album:
The White Album are from Copenhagen consisting of three very good friends – Claus Arvad, Frederik Vedersø, Jakob Eilsø– with big beards and very big hearts. Rooted in folk and indie they make music that transcends structural boundaries of both a practical and musical nature. Everybody is a frontman in this band, each distinct voice and composition finds it’s place in a soulful conglomerate of well-seasoned musical spirits. Just as the original ‘White Album’, there’s no right or wrong. Just ideas. Mostly wonderful ones. The band have just released a new mini-album ‘Conquistador’ on Popular Recordings, which perfectly displays the subtle yet affecting arrangements of the band.
Coming from a fine lineage of Scandinavian folk acts and influenced by the likes of J. Tilman and Gemma Hayes, The White Album’s self-released first EP attracted the attention of NPR, who listed it in their top five best albums on Bandcamp in 2011. Since then, the trio have won over audiences with their captivating live performances, including two recent London shows and a headline date at Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival.
Stream ‘Conquistador’ in full exclusively via This Is Fake DIY: www.thisisfakediy.co.uk/articles/news/exclusive-listen-the-white-album-stream-new-mini-album-pre-release/
Read The White Album’s interview on The Line of Best Fit.