When Saints Go Machine: Konkylie
If Fleet Foxes were to trade their acoustic guitars for synthesizers and drum machines, move from the grassy fields to the dance clubs, and lighten up a bit, they might sound something like When Saints Go Machine. The Danish four-piece’s debut album, Konkylie, is an alluring mix of pure pop, misshapen chamber, and electronic music. It is odd, lovely, infectious, and confoundingand I keep coming back to it.
While the music bobs and sways, it’s Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild’s strange, nearly androgynous vocalsrecalling the trembling falsetto of Antony Hegarty and the raw emotion of Mark Hollis or David Sylvianthat pulls and pulls, keeps me coming back, scratching my head, wondering whether I like it, humming along.
Konkylie, on !K7 Records, is available today.
For your viewing and listening pleasure:
And you can listen to “Kelly,” probably my favorite track from Konkylie, right here.