Choir Of Young Believers released their sophomore album, Rhine Gold this spring on Ghostly International. The album received praise from praise from Stereogum, Rolling Stone, Spin, Under The Radar, The Guardian, Q, and many others. Pitchfork said that Rhine Gold, "is both exquisitely produced and has personality to spare." The band just announced a fall U.S. tour supporting Daughters (4AD / Glassnote) which will include a stop at New York City's CMJ Music Marathon and released a new track from Rhine Gold "Have I Ever Truly Been Here" which is available at Under The Radar.
Choir Of Young Believers is band from Copenhagen, Denmark lead by Jannis Noya Makrigiannis. For years, Jannis moved in the underground circles of the Copenhagen indie scene. After the breakup of his old band in 2006, Jannis gathered musicians and friends around him and formed Choir of Young Believers, an orchestral-pop project marked by magisterial melodies, dark lyrical concerns, with a healthy dose of cathedral-grade reverb. Their sophomore album Rhine Gold, Choir expands on their debut in every way. Now a proper band, the collaborative dynamic has imbued their sound with more authority and daring, as Choir inhabits a wholly unique space where intimate folk, classic Krautrock, big-sky Americana, avant-garde composition and bombastic theatricality seamlessly serve the same master.
Rhine Gold begins with the patient unfolding of "The Third Time," which doesn't reveal its Orientalist flair until a third of the way in. "Patricia's Thirst" follows with a brief, perfect pop moment, before "Sedated" weighs in with a '70s soundtrack feel and the scheme of subtly shifting backdrop of sounds, from playful piano and backwards passages to gentle rain. "Paralyse" offers cosmic, motorik exploration, with an acoustic interlude for good measure. Wistful ballad "Have I Ever Truly Been Here" is Rhine Gold's devastating melodic, emotional center. Bass and cello provide the unlikely backdrop to the album's most outre hook on "Paint New Horrors." A chamber orchestra and spectral female voices soak "The Wind Is Blowing Needles" in minor-key melancholia. The album culminates in Rhine Gold's namesake track, deploying strings, piano and digital effects to summon mounting tension; A fitting conclusion to this complex and beautiful release.
Choir Of Young Believers Tour Dates
10.15 Boston, MA @ Red Room *
10.16 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie *
10.17 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.18 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.19 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.20 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.22 Toronto, ON @ The Drake *
10.24 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *
10.25 Chicago, IL @ Schuba's *
10.27 Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
10.29 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
10.30 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater *
* supporting Daughters
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