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18-12-2011 // interviews: Interview with The White Album

As a "Farewell 2011"-series i have tried to get a little interview with the bands/artists that have made this a memorable musical year for me (and hopefully for you). Most of the bands i got in contact with responded very sweet and they have been so kind to answer a few questions about their 2011 and off course about their plans for the year to come, these will be posted in December every few days.



Next addition to this fine series of interviews (if I may say so myself) is the Danish folkband The White Album. They released a 6-track EP in the middle of the Summer that seems a perfect fit for dark, cold December-nights. All 6 tracks are beautiful, but December has got to be the best track ever written to describe this beautiful month; with that cold wind, stormy nights & warm celebrations. It is my personal favourite on this EP sending chills down my back everytime i hear it. Turn off all lights except for the Christmas-tree and put this on really loud, you'll hear it!



If you had to name one moment, what would you consider your highlight of 2011?
Theres definitely a few to choose from!

The one that shines above all is by far playing our first gig ever at ”The Bowery” in Sheffield, UK. We had an amazing night with some fantastic people. Everyone was so supportive and moved by our music. This was one of those nights that you’ll never forget.

Also, the surprise of suddenly getting internet hype from the tracks and videos we uploaded during the summer, was quite welcome.

Finally, during one of recording sessions, we actually tried to butter and salt some bacon… probably a somewhat more deathdefying moment than a highlight though.

What are you doing at the moment (december 2011)?
We just got back from the UK doing shows in London and Sheffield - as well as the nice ”Vinterlyd” festival in Denmark, so right now we’re cutting up footage from our trip to England to be used in a little fan video.

Which great band or artist did you discover yourself in 2011? Any favourite albums?
Jakob:
Gemma Hayes newest release ”Let It Break” is legendary already
I would indeed also have to give it up for Bon Iver’s new album – hes really pushing it to new hights.

In general we are all kinda re’tripping over ”Pedro The Lion” at the moment.

Frederik:
I’ve been digging the new releases of Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes a lot. Truly amazing music!
I also discovered a little american group called Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., they did an EP called Horse Power, that’s all I have with them, but I’ve found myself listening to it over and over again.
I always listen to The Hollow Of Morning by Gemma Hayes at least once a week.
James Blake, tUnE-yArDs and M83 have also been big favorites of mine this year.
Furthermore, Jakob and me were in Berlin at the Paul Simon show this summer, where he played a lot of stuff from his new album, which is probably some of the best stuff he’s ever put out. We both cried like babies when he played ”Still Crazy After All These Years”…
4 Guys From The Future and Chimes and Bells from Denmark are also worth checking out.

Claus:
The new release from Bon Iver goes without saying. Other than that i’ve been digging The Tallest Man On Earth a lot lately and recently bought his new album ”The Wild Hunt”. He´s got an awesome atmosphere in his music and his sound is great. I also listen a lot to J. Tillman, Damien Jurado and David Bazan and a whole bunch of other great artists

How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve?
We dont really know yet. Our personal planning only goes a few hours ahead. No matter where we are – you will definitely find us at the buffet.

What are your plans for the new year?
We’ll keep writing and recording for our album, which is due to release sometime late 2012.
Other than that we’ll be finishing off a couple of videos
We’ll also be playing in Denmark and England a few times in early 2012. Dates and venues are not confirmed yet, but keep an eye on our Facebook site – facebook.com/thewhitealbummusic

Thankyou and shout-outs to the writer and readers of this blog from The White Album!
We heart you guys! ☺

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Big thanks to The White Album for the interview.
Hopefully there will be a Dutch Tour in 2012, otherwise Denmark/UK it is.


 
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