6/29/2016

Choir of Young Believers Share New Video For "Serious Lover"; New Album Grasque Out Now Via Ghostly International

Choir of Young Believers Share New Video For "Serious Lover"

New Album Grasque Out Now Via Ghostly International
Performing At Denmark's Roskilde Festival & Announce Fall European Tour Dates 
Watch "Serious Lover" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A69_Q38YLDU
With new album Grasque out now via Ghostly International, Choir of Young Believers has released the video for "Serious Lover". Choir of Young Believers will be playing at Roskilde Festival, along with other European festivals, and embarking on a European tour in the autumn, with a headline London show on 2nd November at Village Underground.
Directed by Camilla Myhre, the 'Serious Lover' provides some beautifully smoky visuals and features to match the smouldering electronic sounds of the the Copenhagen-based Jannis Makrigiannis. 
Grasque exhibits an array of complex influences and styles ranging from smoky jazz to experimental electronics to smouldering R&B sounds. The album’s title was in fact the name given by frontman Jannis Makrigiannis to the imaginary band he’d conjured up in his head while finding inspiration for the album. Though not his original intention, he soon realised that he could bring his new ideas and music together into a new Choir of Young Believers record. The result is confident and expansive, exploring a multitude of musical styles whilst retaining the integral components of Choir of Young Believers' sound.
It was the end of 2013 and Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, the frontman and principal persona behind Choir of Young Believers, was worn out. He’d been touring the band’s last record, the haunting Rhine Gold, for the better part of a year and felt confused and adrift, and didn’t feel like playing music. He was doubting the future of the band. The way he coped was to detach. He postponed writing in favor of travelling, deciding that instead of diving back into the creation of another record, he would allow himself to move in whatever direction he desired. His impulses guided his decisions; he wasn’t feeling very inspired by the guitar or the piano, so he started to fiddle around with a small pocket sampler his mother got him for Christmas, using it to make small soundscapes, beats and collages. 
 
Those early experiments became the building blocks for Grasque, from the warped, weird choral vocals that open "Serious Lover" to the breezy, breathy R&B of "Jeg Ser Dig," on which he sounds like a Scandinavian Sade. The record pulls in a host of unlikely influences: smoky jazz on the noirish "The Whirlpool Enigma" , twinkling pop on "Gamma Moth" and sun-bathed soul on
"Cloud Nine." It’s not so much a reinvention as a redirection, maintaining all of the group’s essential elements but setting them within a new context.


The result is an album that is confident and expansive, incorporating an encyclopedia of styles while still maintaining the essential elements of Choir of Young Believers’ DNA. It’s pop music, put through a kaleidoscopic filter.  “I must admit, one of the things I worried about was ‘What will people think?'" Makrigiannis says. “With almost all of these songs, I had been in doubt. Some, I felt, were too poppy, others too experimental -- some didn’t even feel like songs, but more like trips, or feelings. Some even had Danish and Greek lyrics. But now, it’s all Choir of Young Believers to me, and it feels great to have pushed the walls around the band, giving it a bit more space. It’s weird for me to think about all that doubt -- ”Could I do this? Could I do that? I mean, it’s my f*cking band. I can do what I want with it. Right?”
Grasque is available on CD, digitally and as a limited color double LP, along with a regular black vinyl edition
Choir of Young Believers Tour Dates:June 30 - Roskilde Festival, Denmark. TicketsJuly 2 - Freedom Festival, Finland. TicketsJuly 17 - Positivus Festival, Latvia. TicketsAugust 26 - Amsterdam Woods Festival, Netherlands. TicketsSeptember 22 - September 24 - Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg, Germany. Tickets
November 2 - Village Underground, London, UK Tickets
November 3 - Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands. TicketsNovember 11 - B72, Vienna, Austria. Tickets
November 12 - Futurum, Prague, Czech Republic. Tickets
November 13 - Bi Nuu Berlin, Germany. Tickets
Order 'Grasque':via Ghostlyvia Linkfire

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