Coming to the attention of 4AD after a clutch of demo tracks went online early in 2012, Indians emerged in a fittingly understated manner and with Somewhere Else, has made both an assured and majestic debut album.
From Copenhagen, Indians is all the work of one man, SĂ¸ren LĂ¸kke Juul, who brought his band in to being when he felt the need to challenge himself and do something different. Not aiming for anything other than satisfying a creative urge, things have snowballed quickly for him ever since.
Performing his first show as Indians in February 2012, he self-released his debut single on 7â€ť a few months later and has since extensively toured both Europe and North America, playing shows with the likes of Beirut, Bear In Heaven, Dan Deacon, Lower Dens, Other Lives, Perfume Genius, Retribution Gospel Choir, Savages and Weird Dreams. To cap it off, heâ€™s joined fellow countrymen Efterklang in signing to 4AD, doubling the number of Scandinavian acts on their roster.
Over the summer months, SĂ¸ren retreated to a studio in the Danish countryside to finish his early demos and write new material to make Somewhere Else a personal document thatâ€™s equal parts melancholic lament and hopeful stargazing, the title itself an indication of the sense of otherness that runs throughout. Evocative of the natural world, its cavernous tones and Autumnal warmth reflect the vastness of the landscape that formed the backdrop of its conception.
Indians celebrated their signing with the airing of a 4AD Session, joining the ranks of Bon Iver, St. Vincent, Tune-Yards and Mark Lanegan before them. Like all 4AD Sessions, it was filmed in a day and in a way that the band wanted it. Directed by Iain & Jane, they went to Osea Island, a little-known, privately owned island in the estuary of the Blackwater in Essex, UK where SĂ¸ren was flanked by two additional band members (his live band floats between solo performances and a three-piece band). Facing up to the challenge of performing in a vast open space, under sky and near water, they triumphed in making quite a first impression.
Following the success of debut album Somewhere Else, Indians has announced two special shows in Februrary 2014 with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, along with nominations in the prestigious Gaffa Prisen award...
Indians starts his North American tour tonight, confirmed to support Phosphoresent.
In addition to these shows, Søren will also play a handful of free, all-ages instore performances along the way. They are Jackpot Records in Portland on September 26th, Rhino Records in Pomona on the 30th, Origami Vinyl in Los Angeles on November 1st and Stinkweeds Record Exchange in Phoenix on the 4th.
Today also sees the evocative new video for 'La Femme', taken from the debut album Somewhere Else, posted online. Directed by Ty Olson...
Indians, the musical alter ego of Copenhagen resident Søren Løkke Juul, have signed to 4AD worldwide. While Indians only played their first concert in their hometown in February 2012 and self-released their debut single in April, they’ve already garnered enough attention to perform shows across Europe and in North America, playing shows with the likes of Beirut, Bear In...