Awesome Denmark psych-folk-pop act The Migrant release their album Flood in the UK through Cardiff label Rockpie this Friday the 11th of December
“Water’ sounds like Thom Yorke on LSD, ‘Belly of a Man’ like an update of Tim Buckley.”
– Rolling Stone
“Not as Velvet Underground as Galaxie 500, not as sad as Smog, and not as cold medicine-induced sleepiness as the Verve, but somehow a little bit of all three.”
– Collapse Board
“Glorious traces of that Mercury Rev-like heightened magical realism”
The Migrant is the moniker of Denmark songwriter Bjarke Bendtsen and his group of musicians from Copenhagen. Bendtsen wanders through folk-pop tunes with an elastic, psychedelic haze crafting awe inspiring, affecting songwriting that possess a vast, timeless quality.
After two internationally recognized albums, 2011’s ‘Amerika’ and 2013’s ‘Beads’, his new LP ‘Flood’ has garnered critical praise in Denmark and Germany where DevilDuck Records released it earlier this year. This December, a new Cardiff imprint are releasing‘Flood’ on digital and physical formats in the UK. Tom Bradbury, owner of Rockpie says; “We’d been looking to expand Rockpie into a label for some time now; the opportunity to release this record came up and we couldn’t really pass it up. We’ve hosted The Migrant at shows in Cardiff several times over the past few years and crowds have really taken to them”.
The songs that make up ‘Flood’ are doused in tremulous 70s guitars, undulating psychedelic rhythm shifts and classic Americana tinged harmonies; yet still threaded with Bendtsen’s uniquely hypnotic vocals and peerless songwriting that has in the past drawn favourable comparisons with the likes of Radiohead, George Harrison, Midlake, and Mercury Rev.
Listen To ‘Silence’:
‘Flood’ was recorded live in a Danish summer cottage with the musicians that accompany Bendtsen on stage; this stripped back method helped capture the intensity and evocative qualities that are trademarks of The Migrant’s memorable live concerts. Traveling through the States, Bendtsen fell in love with Austin, Texas and he’s been returning to Austin regularly ever since, including a spell in the States this Autumn. Overseas, The Migrant has supported Kurt Vile and played SXSW and CMJ festivals whilst back home in Denmark he has recently supported Villagers, Dry the River and Two Gallants.
Highly active on the touring circuit around the World, The Migrant have already played more than sixty shows in 2015. Bendtsen and co have been touring Europe, the US and the UK again this winter in support of the UK release of ‘Flood’. Work is already underway on the long playing follow up which will be released alongside another tour in Spring 2016. “It’s kinda Flood’s twin we’re working on now, songs from the same womb but growing up in a dryer world” says Bendtsen about the follow up.