Next January (28/29th) will see Indians release their debut album, Somewhere Else.
Coming to the attention of the label after a clutch of demo tracks went online early this year, Indians are still a relatively new proposition. From Copenhagen, Indians is actually one man, Søren Løkke Juul, who brought his band in to being last winter 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 since. Having performed his first show back in February and self-releasing his debut single a few months later, he then signed a worldwide record deal with 4AD, recorded an album and enjoyed a fruitful summer on the road with tours throughout Europe and North America (playing shows with the likes of Beirut, Bear In Heaven, Dan Deacon, Lower Dens, Perfume Genius, Retribution Gospel Choir, Savages, Weird Dreams and more).
Recorded in a countryside studio outside Copenhagen, Somewhere Else is a highly personal document that's equal parts melancholic lament and hopeful stargazing, with the album title itself an indication of the sense of otherness that runs throughout Søren's music. Heavily evocative of the natural world, the album's cavernous tones and Autumnal warmth just as much recall the vastness of the Scandinavia landscape that formed the backdrop of its conception as it does classic long players from likeminded avant-pop purveyors Flaming Lips and Radio Dept.
Marking their signing to the label with the recording of a special 4AD Session on Osea Island (a little-known, privately owned island in the estuary of the Blackwater in Essex), three tracks were aired early last month to much intrigue. The session showed Indians fleshed out as a three piece, with the intention to capture the sense of air and atmosphere in the music as well as embracing the challenge of playing, recording and filming outside, placing the music into a vast open space, under sky and near water.
Today, Indians are making album track 'Cakelakers' available to download for free. That track will be released as a limited edition 7" single in November, backed with the 4AD Session version of 'I Am Haunted'. Download here or stream in the widget below.
Somewhere Else is out on January 28/29th and whilst stocks last, a ten-track tour edition of the album has been pressed on vinyl and will be on sale on their forthcoming tour. Starting at CMJ in New York this week with three shows, Indians then joins Other Lives on nearly two months of touring in North America. All dates are below.
16th – WFUV Showcase @ The Living Room, NY
17th – Hypemachine "Handpicked" @ Brooklyn Bowl, NY
18th – Fader Fort presented by Converse @ Rubber Tracks, NY
with Other Lives
19th – Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
20th – Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
22nd – Pink Garter theatre, Jackson, WY
23rd – Top Hat, Missoula, MT
25th – Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA
26th – Electric Owl, Vancouver, BC
27th – Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
29th – Harlow’s, Sacramento, CA
30th – Great American Music Hall, San Fran, CA
1st – Don Quixote’s International Music, Felton, CA
2nd – Soho Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara
3rd – El Rey Theatre, LA
4th – Casbah, San Diego, CA
5th – Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
8th – Sons of Hermann Hall, Dallas, TX
9th – The Mohawk, Austin, TX
10th – Fitzgerald’s, Houston, TX
12th – The Bottletree, Birmingham, AL*
13th – 3rd & Lindsley, Nashville, TN
15th – Gabe’s Oasis, Iowa City, IA
16th – Cear Cultural Center, Minneapolus, MN
17th – Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI
19th – Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI
20th – Magic Stick Lounge, Detroit, MI
21st – Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
23rd – Horseshoe Tavern, Tornoto, ON
24th – Le Cabaret du Mile End, Montreal, QC
26th – Space, Portland, ME
27th – Paradise, Boston, MA
28th – Bowery Ballroom, New York
29th – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn
30th – Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
1st – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
3rd – Brillobox, Pittsburgh, PA
4th – The Basement, Columbus, OH
5th - Uncle Slayton's, Louisville, KY
7th – Schubas, Chicago, IL
8th – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
* not with Other Lives