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If you ever wondered about the musical kind of magic blow that can be created in a modest basement far from a studio with all the bells and whistles, you might be delighted to discover this impro of a punch of sound virtuosos. We ask the Copenhagen-based band with the onomatopoetic name of Slaraffenland – standing for land of milk and honey – downstairs, when they come by Vienna for a show with the US East Coast band Akron Family in early November. With a fetching point of presence the quintet from Denmark performs “Postcard” and “Away” from their latest album “We’re On Your Side”, that has been felicitously described by Pitchfork as falling on the “less rigid end of the chamber-pop spectrum – downbeat but not dour, reveling in the sweet spot between structure and open-ended art-rock exploration”. It is a pleasure to hear and see them play, how they make things up as they go, how they absorb the audience in the open song structure and how no one is left cold by their somber and at the same time organically warm sound. The storytelling image of “Slaraffenland” has been enriched with a lasting melodramatic note.

  • Posted: January 12, 2010
  • Camera: Simon Brugner, Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Matthias Leihs
  • Post-Production: Simon Brugner
  • Photography: Sarah Brugner, Simon Brugner