Nowadays, in the space of just one year, a musician’s career can have a complete twist; going from recording some demos in the bedroom to doing an extensive tour in Europe or the U.S. can fit in a bustling 365 days period. And that’s what happened to Søren Løkke Juul under his moniker Indians; he initially started making music in his hometown Copenhagen and played his first concert in February of this year. Not even a year after, he has already toured Europe and the U.S. extensively in support of other bands, such as the likes of Beirut, Bear In Heaven, Lower Dens and, most recently, Other Lives.
In matters of his music, with a few tracks around the Internet, Indians has caught the attention of the blogosphere and comparisons with Bon Iver or Sigur Rós were quickly established. It’s clear that Indians’ music shares the sweet coldness that we all love with these artists mentioned, but he has a very particular way to transit between folk and minimal pop. Shifting between keyboards and guitars, Indians settles his beautiful songs with lyrics written by himself. In fact, the writing part was the factor that leaded Juul to start Indians, as a way to challenge himself into something new, since he had been playing in other bands for about 10 years.
His debut single was released back in April, and now as a signed artist to 4AD, his single “Cakelakers” – which you can listen to below – was released in November. You can expect more to come, because the debut album Somewhere Else will be released in the end of January and followed by Indians’ first headlining tour around Europe.
For now, you can please your ears and eyes with this stunning session of three tracks, which shows perfectly his musical blend: from the ethereal ballad “I am Haunted”, which draws on folk, to “Magic Kids”, which has an airy electronic pop vibe, to end with “New”, a more dramatic and darker approach to his electronic pop based on keyboards. Whatever mood he’s expressing, Juul is excellent.