Click the names for sound bites. Descriptions below.
DJs: FoEG (17.00-21.00) and Simon Christensen & Etniske Bjarne (21.00-02.00)
DJs: FoEG (16.00-21.00) and Escho (21.00-05.00)
14.00 Fluorescent Heights (SE)
15.00 Poetry Reading: Amalie Smith & Theis Ørntoft
16.00 Steffen Basho-Junghans (DE)
17.30 Plants (DK)
18.45 First Flush (DK)
20.15 Tomutonttu (FI)
21.30 art-Errorist (DE/FR)
22.45 Pretty Lightning (DE)
00.45 Saigon (SE)
02.00 Nikolas (DK)
DJs: FoEG (13.00-18.00), Lucia Odoom (18.00-22.00) and Sejerø Festival & Mother (22.00-05.00)
Be aware that the schedule may slide a bit in either direction.
Niko Karlsson (fi)
If the fauna of Fenno-Scandinavia was buying records, Niko would be a top-selling artist. Mellifluous and psychedelic electro-acoustics in well-dosed volumes will tickle the listeners ears pink and pleasingly with the sounds of new weird Finland.
Natural Snow Buildings (fr)
From a ground of drones grows a variegated garden of icy piano notes, melancholic arias, Indian ragas, hints of American primitivism played really slow, baroque overtones, western twang, straight and warped cello bits and pieces, classic horror movies, folk(lore) music and much more. Live appearances by Natural Snow Buildings are as rare a jewel as their limited run releases.
Sun River (dk)
Guitarist and songwriter Martin Rude has worked on the material for this band for years, but it was not until he teamed up with Causa Sui members Jonas Munk, Jakob Skøtt and Jess Kahr (whom we proudly consider members of the extended FoeG family) that this set of songs was truly born. Imagine driving a convertible down from Frisco to your home in Laurel Canyon, following the sun drenched coast line. this is what you would want to blast on the car stereo.
Bror m. Brødre (dk)
Bror m. Brødre is one of many great bands from the Af Med Hovedet collective – a gang of musicians from Svendborg refusing to conform to any rules of what music can or cannot be. They seem to share the same (anti-)aesthetics and unpredictability as the more out-there wing of the so-called New Weird America scene.
Solo vehicle for natural Snow Buildings’ Mehdi Ameziane. His musical endeavors have been described as a “story of destruction and creation, death and (re)birth”. Stylistically, TwinSisterMoon does not float miles apart from the NSB mother ship, but it seems the traces of post-apocalyptic nuclear war or, more tangibly, of an age of economic collapse, environmental devastation and moralization, and survival past the end of time take centre stage, lending this project a lean towards post punk, without the ‘punk’.
C. Haxholm & the Request Group
Claus Haxholm is a Copenhagen-based artist working within a variety of fields: Sculpturing, literature, performance and music. Mr. Haxholm says: “This piece does not have a name yet, but you can write that it will be composed especially for the festival, perhaps even during the festival, and will take such things as the objects present and the acoustic conditions of the location into consideration”.
Hans-Joachim Roedelius was born in Berlin in 1934. Co-founder of Berlin’s first free, and now legendary art studio, the Zodiak Arts lab (1967) and also a founding member of various music groups, including Human Being, Kluster, Cluster, Harmonia, Eno-Moebius-Roedelius, Tempus Transit and Lunzprojekt.” Some approx. 1,600 musical works, ranging from noise, avant-garde electronic music and krautrock to new age and ambient, bear his name as musician, composer and/or producer. FoeG is very proud to present a true sonic legend.
The moniker of Lorenzo Senni. Slowed down, inverted trance music or the perfect soundtrack for an evening of fun in the local opium den. Patch upon patch of looped sounds, scrawling noises, bliss dynamics, R&B-melancholy and fragments of heavily distorted voices form an ultra-modern hybrid of subversive aesthetics – in the vein of James Ferraro and one Dracula Lewis, whom avid FoeG goers might remember from last year’s festival.
Timeless Reality (dk)
A Copenhagen super group of sorts, featuring Klaus H. Hansen (Ashley C), Frederikke Hoffmeier (Puce Mary) and Sara Czerny and Nicolas Kauffmann (both of Family Underground fame). The lurching drones, electronic strangeness and full-out noise of previous projects have been temporarily abandoned in favor of a crude but blissful psych-rock à la “Les Rallizes Dénudés trying to maintain the Copenhagen lifestyle with a hazy Velvet Underground-esque groove”.
Imagine a drum machine – and not one of those little black boxes with a lot of knobs and buttons, no sir, a real steaming machine, or even, if you will, a robot – pounding away on a drum kit. Now, imagine if someone human challenged that robot to a drumming contest, and the robot accepted on the one condition that the human would have to dress up as the robot, so that there could be no discrimination against the soulless from the judges. If you are the judge, and TOTO is distinctively human, then who is the machine?
Fluorescent Heights (se)
Young Stockholmian, Henrik Stelzer, smites h-pop vibes and makes ancestral memories of Nordic tundra and frozen rivers ring like an anvil. With loads of tape hiss and general haziness, slightly reminiscent of Ducktails before Matt glossed up his act, the musical structures unfold slowly to unravel much complexity under layers of foggy guitar lines and subtle synth pads.
Poetry Reading: Amalie Smith & Theis Ørntoft (dk)
Breaking new territory for the festival, the poets Amalie Smith and Theis Ørntoft have been invited to read from their collected works. They both represent the new wave of poetry in Denmark. Smith works with different forms of aesthetics in her books along with videos, sound installations and silent reading, although the latter will not be the case this particular afternoon. In his wry poetry Ørntoft dwells on the matters of intercourse, representation of the author figure and the intensity levels of being young and beautifully drunk.
Steffen Basho-Junghans (de)
In 1953, Steffen was born in the former East Germany. In 1970, he taught him-self how to play guitar and formed a band. In 1979, he became obsessed with the so-called American primitivism as performed by the likes of John Fahey and spent the better part of the 80s practicing acoustic guitar playing and lecturing on its history. In 1981, he set up a guitar festival in Berlin, and in 1986 he began directing the Berlin Guitar Center. By 2012, he has released a slew of recordings on many influential labels and is widely considered to be one of the most important living pioneers of re-inventing the acoustic 6 and 12 string guitar.
Plants is a Danish duo residing in Berlin. Their trade is experimental and repetitive pop music consisting of improvised guitar parts over beats and bass lines, recordings of outer space played in reverse, winds of autumn leaves blowing through song corridors, synthesizers being chased through obscure jungles themes and partying sideways, staying out late to watch the sun rise over the city. This will be their first ever show on Danish soil.
First Flush (dk)
First Flush is the name of a band from the Af med Hovedet collective – this one being one of the more accessible incarnations – taking clean pop melodies and turning them into dirty, urban post punk hymns.
Tomuntonttu is the solo project of Jan Anderzen – the prime mover of Kemialliset Ystävät and member of Anaksimandros and Avarus plus a handful of other bands. Sort of the ‘godfather’ of the new weird Finland scene. Jan Anderzen has shared the stage with the likes of Black Dice, Ducktails and Goodiepal and has played numerous shows all over the world.
Born in Casablanca in 1949. Co-founder of the legendary and highly influential krautrock band Faust. Faust released four critically acclaimed albums between 1971 and 1975 only to disappear totally for the following 15 years. A growing list of musicians would cite Faust as their main influence during the band’s hiatus. Today, Faust is commonly acknowledged as an inspirational cornerstone in the development of electronic music throughout the 80s and 90s and later of post-rock. Apart from reinvigorating Faust in the early 90s and operating the band until today, Jean-Hervé Péron has collaborated on musical projects with a wide range of musicians, including Steve Stapleton, Tony Conrad and Jim O’Rourke. At FoeG, Jean-Hervé has promised to deliver something unique.
Pretty Lightning (de)
These two pals from a small town in Germany have hit on an honestly impressive variation of delta blues. When they summon a spooky drone, it has been likened to the Amon Duul II hippy shake, but something closer to Junior Kimbrough can also be heard in its composure and hypnosis. They will hang on a single bobbling lick for a long time, and when it changes up, it is both traditional and unexpected.
Born in Berlin, but based in Stockholm, Saigon is wonderfully hard to pin down. A track of pure blissful lo-fi pop is suddenly and without warning derailed by a wall of screeching feedback only to trail back off into comely electro shoegaze. Broadcast and Sonic youth could be named sources of inspiration and comparison could be drawn to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, but Saigon’s musical output becomes something entirely different and quite unique when grinded on the band’s rough edges.
Anders and Niels are from the same small town, Grindsted, and have played together since 1998 in a band called KloAk. They were both fans of Düreforsög. Nis played in Düreforsög. Nis heard KloAk and instantly became a fan. Niels and Nis started playing together in Thulebasen. Anders and Niels formed the band Nikolas. Nis says Nikolas is his new favorite band and that he wants to join. Niels and Anders admit him to the band. Nikolas raves. Sort of sounds like Thulebasen playing mid 90s drum and bass, only a little less teeth-grinding and slightly off-key.
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