Das Body's KNOW MY NAME Continues Their Streak Of Finely Crafted Synth-Pop Tunes Imbued With Deep Nordic Melancholy

Das Body's KNOW MY NAME Continues Their Streak Of Finely Crafted Synth-Pop Tunes Imbued With Deep Nordic Melancholy

With hints of the Chromatics and Lykke Li's earlier work Oslo's Das Body have crafted a delightfully dark odd-pop EP, which is coming out on Luminelle Recordings September 28th. Das Body's 3rd single, "Know My Name", is another glimpse into the bands evolving carefully crafted pop sound, on which the band says, "Know My Name is the first song Kim and I wrote, and it became defining for our musical expression. We didn't want to exclude melancholic themes from our songs - such as in this one, which is about unreciprocated love - but we also didn't want to pair that with musical sentimentality. The combo of the vocals and the synths worked perfectly for us and when we finished it we realized we were going to write albums together. Because of this, Know My Name will always be very dear to our hearts."

Hailing from the greyer climes of Oslo- particularly East Oslo with its drizzly expanse of apartment blocks and gas stations stocked with Kent cigs and smut mags- has suddenly come a burst of color by the name of Das Body. Ellie Linden, Kim Granholt, Patrik Alm, Didrik Karsrud- all four were born and bred in Norway and have become fast friends creating what is undeniably pop music, though just a little darker. After a few years deep in the studio, Das Body is ready to emerge with their debut self-titled EP.

Their synths and rhythms enter with a classic 80s familiarity but quickly take a turn for a sort of new-new-wave. On their danceable first single, "Boys", the melodies melt at places and wrinkle at the edges. The vocals warble and waver, and occasionally reach into higher, alien pitches. And even the most cheerful of tropes- a vocoded lyric or a Casio-like beat- still betray some shadows to balance out the brightness. Das Body is writing pop music without the saccharine sentimentality that proliferates the radio. Instead, next to their vulnerability, they mix in a little vulgarity, or a little light-heartedness.

"This is all for fun- and if it isn't fun, really why do any of it at all?" explains frontwoman and vocalist Ellie Linden.

Luminelle Recordings is the new record label from Gorilla vs. Bear and Fat Possum's House Arrest Label group. In their short time they've already put together a roster of incredible talent and released critically acclaimed work from Hana Vu, Helena Deland, Anemone, MUNYA, Morabeza Tobacco with much more to come.

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