"A place where nostalgia and modernism collide." - NME (8/10)
"(A) delicate, sweetly forlorn debut... Well judged and intensely personal." - Uncut (8/10)
"Sublime and elegiac, these could be anthems for new hip snow globes." - Other Music
"Somewhere Else gradually blooms into something measured but beautiful. A stunning debut." - The Fly (4/5)
“Somewhere Else is a collection of straightforward, melodic songs that bubble with quiet interest and delicately placed distortion." - The Fader
"The combination of electronic music and a high, fluting, heavily reverbed voice has worked its magic before, but rarely with such spectral beauty." - The Sunday Times
“Imagine taking the log cabin narrative of (Bon Iver’s) 'For Emma, Forever Ago' but transplanting it from rural Wisconsin to a lonely lunar space station.” - Under The Radar
"Remarkable headphone music that reaches both the heart and the loneliest reaches of the heavens." - NPR
This week sees Indians release their debut album, Somewhere Else, through 4AD.
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.
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.
The video for the first single from the album, 'I Am Haunted' was premiered on Pitchfork on Friday. Watch it here, or below.
In addition to this, 4AD can also announce that pre-orders of Somewhere Else through Rough Trade, Jumbo and Resident come with exclusive bonus discs featuring the audio from Indians 4AD Session recorded last year.Watch the session here.
Indians begin a tour of Europe this week, starting in Brighton on 30th January. All dates are below. To win a pair of tickets to their debut London headline show at The Lexington on 1st Feb, email your name and address to - firstname.lastname@example.org
30th - Prince Albert, Brighton - tickets
31st - Louisana, Bristol - tickets
1st - The Lexington, London - tickets
2nd - Trof Fallowfield, Manchester - tickets
4th - Huis 24, Brussels - tickets
5th - Paradiso, Amsterdam - tickets
6th - Prinzenbar, Hamburg - tickets
8th - Privateclub, Berlin - tickets
9th - Huset, Copenhagen
13th - Point Ephmere, Paris - tickets
14th - Bylarm Festival, Oslo - tickets
15th - Bylarm Festival, Oslo - tickets
21st - The Echo, Los Angeles, CA *
22nd - Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco, CA *
24th - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR *
25th - Electric Owl, Vancouver, BC *
26th - Barboza, Seattle, WA *
1st - 7th St Entry, Minneapolis, MN *
3rd - Majestic Cafe, Detroit, MI *
4th - The Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON *
6th - Great Scott, Allston, MA *
7th - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
9th - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, PA *
10th - Black Cat Backstage, Washington DC *
* co-headline shows with Night Beds