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We’ve joined forces with Pelagic Records to premiere a stunning new video from LLNN. Hailing from Copenhagen, LLNN burst onto the international scene with 2016’s critically acclaimed debut album Loss. After a split EP with LA’s Wovoka in the summer of 2017, they’re returning with their second album, Deads at the end of April.
The band comment on their latest effort: “We are fascinated by how the human mind tends to interpret random images, or patterns of light and shadows, as creatures and structures; a psychological phenomenon called ‘Pareidolia’. And how music and visuals can evoke certain emotions in us and let our imagination unfold into abstract storytelling. These are the thoughts behind the music video and the album artwork of Deads (with photographs by drummer Rasmus G. Sejersen). The overall album theme of Deads is about births and downfalls of civilizations in other worlds throughout the universe. From creation to final decay, the depletion of the host – scenes which inspired the music video. All the footage is filmed mostly with macro lenses to create the extreme close-ups in combination with a few wide shots. Created in a minimalistic setup in our parents home (combined with some heavy Halo Reach 2v2 gaming. Come get some!).”
The label are confident that Deads evades all the pitfalls of the ‘sophomore slump’. Produced by Jacob Bredahl and mastered by Tue Madsen, Deads is an erosive, abrasive, dystopian, apocalyptic monolith of monstrous dimensions: more compact, yet more complex and organic all at the same time. LLNN have perfected the amalgamization of the stringed instruments section (bass, guitar) with keys player Ketil Sejersen’s dominant 80’s Sci-Fi movie-esque synth layers, inspired by composers like Brad Fiedel, Vangalis, John Carpenter and Stanley Kubrick as much as by Sci-Fi / horror games like Silent Hill, Dead Space, Halo & Limbo.
“Some of the synth sounds on the album consists of recordings from everyday sounds transformed into eerie soundscapes, for instance the sounds of boiling water,” drummer Rasmus G. Sejersen comments. “We wanted the soundscapes to be a persistent and dynamic underlay of sounds that influence the music’s core and soul throughout the entire album, together with all the riffs, rhythms and vocals.”
It doesn’t come as a surprise that this band triggers the interest of movie soundtrack designers like the award-winning Peter Albrechtsen, known for his work on movies like Dunkirk, Antichrist and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: “As a sound designer for movies, I love when music feels like a sonic adventure. I’m obsessed with music that explores what sound can do to our body, to our mind, to our imagination. LLNN’s new album is one of the most overwhelmingly intense records I’ve heard in quite a while and the way it blends abstract ambient sounds, shattering rhythms and extreme noise is both hypnotic and powerful. The sense of sonic detail is staggering and for each spin I hear new elements, echoes, textures and my mind gets new visual associations. Sometimes it feels like the soundtracks of Apocalypse Now and Eraserhead has been melted together and blasted through a ferocious guitar amp – these songs have both a sense of impending doom and an extraordinary combination of raw energy and gritty beauty.”
Not much else to say, except that LLNN will be unleashing their custom take on contemporary post metal supporting Vancouver’s Bison on their April European tour, including performances at Roadburn, Desert Fest (London) and Pelagic Fest.
LLNN + BISON European tour dates 2018
(presented by Doomstar, Visions and Noisey):
22.04.18 NL ROADBURN
23.04.18 DK Copenhagen
25.04.18 NO Oslo
26.04.18 SWE Stockholm
28.04.18 DE Hamburg
29.04.18 NL Utrecht
30.04.18 DE Karlsruhe
01.05.18 DE Wiesbaden
02.05.18 BE Brussels
03.05.18 CH Bulle
04.05.18 CH Porrentruy
05.05.18 F Paris
06.05.18 UK DESERTFEST (London)
08.05.18 CZ Prague
09.05.18 AT Vienna
10.05.18 CR Zagreb
11.05.18 RO Cluj
12.05.18 RO Craiova
13.05.18 RO Bucharest
14.05.18 HU Budapest
15.05.18 PL Krakow
16.05.18 PL Warsaw
18.05.18 DE Kiel
19.05.18 DE Berlin (PELAGIC FEST)
Christian Bonnesen (guitar/vocals)
Rasmus G Sejersen (drums)
Ketil Sejersen (synths)
Rasmus Furbo (bass)
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