Blondage: Catchy, Minimalist Copenhagen Pop
I hear lots of Charli XCX in Blondage, a Copenhagen pop act that makes undeniable bangers with as little instrumentation and as minimalist of a sound as possible. Latest single “Call It Off” is undeniably great and I can’t wait to hear what comes next.
“Blondage is a Copenhagen-based pop-duo formed by Esben Andersen and Pernille Smith-Sivertsen where the two are making electronic pop music for fans of Flume, MØ and Nao.”
Molly: for fans of Jawbreaker, Beach Slang, and Dinosaur Jr.
The music video teasing Stay Above, the new album by Molly, is simple and irritatingly hilarious. It shows a phone reproducing their new song “All About” inside of an empty Tuborg glass, the track sounding muffled and distant, interrupted halfway by an abrupt phone call. Towards the end, though, the sound gets rid of the natural distortion and acquires its true powerful nature. At the same time, we see the band standing in front of some burning brushwood, creepily staring into the void.
A video like this already says a lot about Molly, a furious rock band from Copenhagen. It shows that they don’t take themselves too seriously, that they can have fun with their own music, but more than anything it shows how good their songwriting is, even when the music can be barely heard. The Danish trio is clearly influenced by Dinosaur Jr., Husker Du and Jawbreaker, but rework these influences in a personal way, assisted by some effective Social Distortion sounding vocals.
Reworking, though, does not mean modernizing, and Stay Above is obstinately anchored to the 90s sound. It is Molly’s third record, but it seems like it’s the one that can allow them to be noticed by many more people than before, also thanks to the hype of bands like Beach Slang, which turned punk-informed 90s rock into something more recognizable and accessible even to younger kids today. This way, Stay Above has all the potential to become one of the most loved albums of the year.
On Ja Ja Ja I came across this great Blondage remix of Denmark’s M.I.L.K., which comes at just the right time as the summer begins to wind down and I need new tunes to keep myself in the sun as long as possible.
M.I.L.K.’s original song still sounds like summer, but in the way you want to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon in your friend’s pool drinking and getting sunburnt. This remix will get you moving and most likely dancing, either in your backyard all by yourself (totally cool) or in the streets of your major metropolitan area (also totally cool, as long as it’s summer). Both versions go hand in hand – you need music to pump you up and music to slow you down.
Here’s M.I.L.K. talking about the collaboration via Ja Ja Ja: “I’ve wanted to work with Esben and Pernille from Blondage for a loooong time. They are simply the best new thing in Scandinavian pop if you ask me, and they are super fun to be around. Our collaboration started earlier this year when I directed a music video for their summersmash “Dive” – we actually didn’t know each other that well before, but that changed after 8 days of intense shooting in New York. When we came back to Copenhagen we just started hanging out and then this remix happened.”