MAJKEN SHARES DEBUT LP
VIA ALL THINGS GO
Photo Cred: Margit Christensen
“As a writer, she flows with a stream of consciousness uncharacteristic of the standard pop styles.”
– All Things Go
“Majken has burrowed herself into a euphoric niche that is rooted in an otherworldly nostalgia of glazed-over, introspective rock that is at once a homage to decades past and sublimely original.”
– Grimy Goods
“It’s easy to spot traces of The Velvet Underground and Nico on Euro-American guitar pop, but Majken manages to live up to her influences by confidently foregrounding the uncanny aspects of her personality and music.”
– The Line Of Best Fit
“The dichotomy between Scandinavia and the American West Coast would seem to be vast, but the unbelievably talented Majken bridges the chasm with tremendous ease.”
– The 405
“she has an ethereal husky voice that draws you in to her artist world accompanied by wet guitar riffs that is reminiscent of old-school rock and roll with an indie-pop twist.”
“a lot of sirupy smiles and soft surf-pop melodies”
– Nordic By Nature
“an upbeat garage pop song about “living it up” in the wake of being dumped. The video is all cotton candy, ferris wheel, lolipops, friends, and sunny car ride—a recipe for getting over that jerk, Franco, whoever you are.”
– Buzzbands LA
Today, LA-based, Nordic indie pop artist, Majken, shares her debut album, Dancing Mountains, via Deronda Hotel Records. In advance of the official release, All Things Go exclusively streamed the LP yesterday, stating, “Majken builds a foundation of classic indie, with playful strums and a charming, monotone recitation of the pitfalls of a relationship.” Majken shared her third single and video, “Here and Now,” via Grimy Goods, who say the song is a “deeply mesmerizing saunter through her overexposed indie-pop sound.” They describe the visuals as having a “70’s home video feel, the film sees the singer/songwriter and director dancing and flashing sultry looks at the camera surrounded by orange tinted greenery while her vocals dip lazily under the waves of her surf-rock haze.”
Previously released video and second single, “Corner of 69” premiered via The Line Of Best Fit, who state, “Her deadpan delivery of the invitation to “have some fun, run these lights” creates a remove that skews the surface-level carefree attitude of the song into something potentially sinister and strange, like the soundtrack to an imaginary David Lynch surf film.”
Last month, The 405 premiered her lead single and video, “Fainted Love,” and called her an “ethereal pop singer” with a “powerful single” and “long-standing track that will soon be on her debut album.” The LP was produced by Jesse Nolan in LA (Caught a Ghost) and Maxime Sokolinski in Paris (Hologram, Sweaters, Soko). The forthcoming album follows her debut EP, Deronda Hotel, and features five remastered versions of previous EP tracks, in addition to the unheard material.
Majken wrote and recorded Dancing Mountains on a journey between gritty Los Angeles, romantic Paris and the simple, laid back feel of the Nordic Fjord, where she spent her childhood. Influenced by experimental rock legends such as The Velvet Underground and the sensibilities of master songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Majken creates experimental pop with accessible themes and song structure. Her collection of dreamy songs contain raw, emotive lyrics, cushioned by indie beach rock and a vintage Europop vibe. She’s inspired by wild nature, breakfast in bed, the various cities she’s visited and called home and the people in those places.
Dancing Mountains reflects on vivid dreams, fond memories and restless nights. Majken’s sultry vocal melodies, intoxicating layers of sound and surf rock guitar come together to create an ideal soundtrack for a summer daydream. Album track “Everything’s Wild” encapsulates this feeling, inspired by floating wild in a bizarre dream state – not alive and not awake. “A Little More Time,” produced by Cody Crump, is about a hazy heartbreak while “Fainted Love” reflects on a summer fling, through rose colored glasses and introspection. All songs were written by Majken, with the majority produced in collaboration with Jesse Nolan and Maxime Sokolinski. “You And I” was produced by Fingazz.
Dancing Mountains – TRACKLISTING
01. Dreaming of Franco
02. Where It All Begins
03. Everything’s Wild
04. Corner of 69
05. A Little More Time
06. Fainted Love
07. Here And Now
09. I Have A Dream
10. You And I
11. Feel It All
12. Dear You
Majken (pronounced My-ken) is a Danish artist based in Los Angeles. Her debut album Dancing Mountains will be released in August 2017.
Majken wrote and recorded Dancing Mountains on a journey between LA’s blinding lights, the seduction of Paris and quiet times by the Nordic Fjord – where she grew up. It’s reminiscent of sixties low-fi in a pop-rock dream daze, floating in a David Lynch-esque universe with raw and emotive lyrics. A “dreamy heartbreak” as she describes it.
Majken, who’s inspirations comes from Velvet Underground and Leonard Cohen, as well as wild nature and breakfast in bed, set out to write an album with a dreamy and real feel to it. She produced it in collaboration with Jesse Nolan in Los Angeles and Maxime Sokolinski in Paris.
“These songs are my stories of a troubled time, the dancing mountains in my backyard, the owls outside my window singing loud, lonely nights in a magical city, falling in love with madness, appreciating every sunrise and all the waves, it’s all about the waves” says Majken.
Majken has previously released an EP Deronda Hotel, an homage to the house in the Hollywood Hills where she lived for a year on the winding street Deronda Drive, which also paved the way for the forthcoming album. It was here she started writing and recording her own songs while playing percussion for French indie pop outlet Tropical Nirvana.
Majken plays live with a full band (drummer Jason Ganberg and guitarist Owen Barry) who has developed her ideas into a fresh take on a classic sound. They’ve played at venues like The Echo, The Satellite, Hotel Cafe, and The Standard. If you let her, she’ll take you on a journey in her own universe with the lead of her husky vocals and strange dance moves on stage.
Majken is also a professional trained dancer (Nike, Justin Timberlake, etc.), a visual artist (acrylic and mixed mediums) and has directed several of her own videos and projects.