Choir of Young Believers

Choir of Young Believers plot London return

Choir of Young Believers have announced a new single, new album, and new London show.

‘Jeg Ser Dig’ is the second single from ‘Grasque’, the Danish group’s third full-length release that’s out on 19 February 2016.

And the band, fronted by Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, are promoting the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Rhine Gold’ with a gig at Oslo in London on 8 April 2016.

‘Jeg Ser Dig’ follows ‘Face Melting’, a piano-led slow jam with experimental electronica traces that began a new chapter for a group that almost ended in 2013. Makrigiannis, worn out after a year of touring, no longer felt like playing music and instead decided to travel.

The songs didn’t take long to return. But instead of writing them on piano or guitar, Makrigiannis was experimenting with a small pocket sampler he’d received as a Christmas gift.

The soundscapes, beats, and collages became the building blocks for ‘Grasque’, the album inspired by everything from Danish pop of the ‘80s and ‘90s to experimental electronic music, modern R&B and hip-hop to westcoast slow jams and techno.

“I must admit, one of the things I worried about was: ‘What will people think?’” Makrigiannis said. “With almost all of these songs, I had been in doubt. Some, I felt, were too poppy, others too experimental — some didn’t even feel like songs, but more like trips, or feelings.

“Some even had Danish and Greek lyrics. But now, it’s all Choir of Young Believers to me, and it feels great to have pushed the walls around the band, giving it a bit more space. It’s weird for me to think about all that doubt — ”Could I do this? Could I do that? I mean, it’s my f*cking band. I can do what I want with it. Right?”

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