Played with Solander (SWE) @ Karoshi / Kassel

Last Thursday, we shared the stage at the Karoshi with the amazing Swedish indie folk trio Solander from Malmö, made up of Anja Linna (cello, v), Fredrik Karlsson (v, acoustic git, banjo) and Mikael Persson (dr, glockenspiel, microkorg).

Their second album Passing Mt. Satu has been released in May 2011 via the Malmö-based indie/electronica label A Tenderversion Recording which also releases the records of the brilliant indie/Chicago style post-rockers Yamon Yamon. Their 2008 show at MuK Gießen made a huge impression on me, and their new album This Wilderlessness features beautiful guitar lines, awesome picking and melancholic singing.

Kassel was Mon Petit Chou Chou’s first show with our new incredible drummer Jonas who is also a member of indie funk outfit Van Lui. The room was packed with a cheerful crowd when we finished our set after the encore Perhaps Every Other Would, which made us very happy 🙂

Solander played an enchanting show with mostly calm songs. The voice of their shyish lead vocalist Frederik Karlsson brought at some times Conor Oberst’s fragile and desperate intonation to mind, and some of their songs with cello and banjo are reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens’ record “Come on Feel the Illinoise”, more precisely its less pompous sad midtempo songs. Anja Linna’s elegant cello playing and vocals provided diversified warm atmospheres. Mikael Persson’s sensitive drumming and glockenspiel – often sparse and diffident, yet never fragmentary – formed the perfect rhythmic backing for the poignant melodies of Karlsson and Linna.

Solander are going to play some more shows in July and August in Germany:
22.07.11 DE – Hauptmannsgrün, L*Abore Festival
23.07.11 DE – Rüsselsheim, Phono Pop Festival
04.08.11 DE – Hamburg, Uebel & Gefährlich Dachgarten (w/ The Miserable Rich)
05.08.11 DE – Göttingen, Pools Open Air im Innenhof
06.08.11 DE – Friedland, Jenseits von Millionen

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