by Tim Birkbeck
For many, listening to music is all about the escapism; listening to something that transports you to a different time or place. But what if this form of escape was structured like a book and took you on a journey? This is what it feels like listening to Lød’s debut EP Folder.
Even though it’s only four tracks long – with the shortest track clocking in at just under five minutes – each song is like a new chapter in the book of Lød.
The five piece from Copenhagen put a lot of emphasis on the melody and rhythm of their music, with a post-punk background, but there are also some elements of dance hidden within the tracks, too. In fact it’s not until you are four minutes into opening track ‘Sa Bla’ that you hear the voice of frontman Søren Gade for the first time; singing solely in Danish, Gade’s atmospheric tones have a feel of Ian Curtis. ‘Sa Bla’ is the perfect opener; starting with a spring in its step.
Track two, ‘Træder ind, Bukker, Bukker’ almost sounds like an introduction of someone else coming into Folder‘s narrative, with a much more sombre tone and slower pace.
But it is the eight and a half minute closing title track which brings everything around to a nice conclusion, and it really showcases of what Lød has to offer the world.
Despite their length, these are songs with defined melodies and structure. Looping and monolithic, early commentators in their home country have noted a “trance-punk” aspect to their sound. And it’s this label of “trance-punk” that seems the most suitable way to describe Lød. Yes there music has darker guitar tones, and has parts which are coated in distortion.
But to compliment the punk side there is such an emphasis on rhythm; a Kraftwerk/Joy Division love child which will make you get up and dance just as much as it will searching for the meaning behind Gade’s lyrics.
Folder is out on June 30 via Tough Love Records.