On repeat today is the Danish eight-piece Under Byen (pronounced “ohna boon,” but you knew that). At times they recall Björk, Mogwai, and Tortoise, but ultimately it’s unlike everything else I’m listening to these days. Like their MySpace page says, it’s experimental.
Start with the Samme Stof Som Stuf title track/single. Reminiscent of the nervous orchestration of Apple-era XTC … but performed by Björk and two kickass drummers. “Tinder” has a nifty music box intro that unravels into a brooding ballad showcasing Henriette Sennenvaldt’s fragile Sia-like inflections. No axes for Under Byen, but violinist Nils Gröndahl plays a mean saw.
Samme Stof Som Stof will be the band’s first international release, courtesy of Paper Bag Records. Look for it in stores 9/26, and on blogs now.
From Samme Stof Som Stof (2006)
Under Byen – “Den Her Sang Handler Om At Få Det Bedste Ud Af Det”
From Det Er Mig Der Holder Træerne Sammen (2002)
From Kyst (1999)
Hear more at myspace.com/47795897.
Here’s the new video for “Af Samme Stof Som Stof.”