It was like an ice cube dropping into glass of whiskey, with arguably both parts gaining in the process. The newcomers’ blessed mixing with this already familiar yet still very new world began when their musicianship, with the help of the shifting sands of fortune, caught the ear of one Mr. Howe Gelb, still fronting his band Giant Sand. Who was mighty impressed with their Americana sound and its distinct inclusions of European sensibilities. Howe first invited them to participate on his solo studio album «The Listener» and then to backing him on his European tours. Which eventually led to the band doing the same stateside for the master to this day. The newcomers’ openness «to play with anyone interesting around» also resulted in collaborations with greats like Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, Kurt Wagner and Scout Niblett a.o.
The exposure to this trial by fire expressed and established itself in the band’s independent achievements. It’s their desert rock and it’s based on their intricate composition, instrumental brilliance and complex, dreamy sound structures. But it’s also work that still makes reference to a healthy sense of traditionalism. You can hear it in their third «The DeSoto Caucus» and now in «4», their latest album. «There’s still the solid, liquid grooves made up of Peter’s rolling beats and dry percussions, perfectly matched by the rock steady flexibility of Henrik on bass, the boiling organ, pensive piano and twang guitar of Nikolay Heyman with the signature dual lead vocals he shares with me» says their main songwriter Anders Pedersen.
All happening tonight in the high heat furnace by the cool Mississihl.