words by guia cortassa
Kim Janssen’s hard to keep track of. Born in the Netherlands, raised in Asia, educated in a British boarding school in Kathmandu, he spent his early years among Bangkok and Phnom Penh; a personal biography that inspired his first LP, “Ancient Crime.” We left him in 2013, singing British folk tales in his “The Lonely Mountain,” a record set in England which included his take and rearrangement of works by Chopin and Britten, as well as Robert Herrick and W.N. Hodgson.
Now, after 3 years of travel and silence, Janssen has come back with a new sound, reminiscent of the National, Majical Cloudz and a Self-Titled-Era Bon Iver, and a new, upcoming album, with contributions from Marla Hansen (Sufjan Stevens, The National) and Eiríkur Ólafsson (Sigur Rós), mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Blood on the Tracks, Graceland.)
Ready to take it on the road, Janssen is offering us a taste of his live experience with a live-video for his latest track “Cousin.” Growing beat after beat, “Cousin” shows the full, multifaceted potential of the Dutch’s songwriting, evolving with ease beat by beat from a stomping alt-rock start to an instrumental, orchestral coda without ever losing focus.
Janssen plays The Waiting Room, for Communion, on January 31st – you can find details here, and check out the new video below.
Jan 14th – Noorderslag – Groningen
Jan 31st – The Waiting Room – London (UK)
March 31st – De Helling – Utrecht (NL)
April 19th – Trix – Antwerpen (BE)