Klangstof Offer Us An Escape With ‘Close Eyes To Exist’
By Sumit Rehal
“Life is so much better when tied to the ceiling”, Klangstof express in the album’s title track, Close Eyes To Exit. This declaration is the epitome of the group’s debut project as a whole with each track lifting the listener up towards a wavy yet gripping journey.
Klangstof are an outfit that has roots in both the Netherlands and Norway, with frontman Koen van de Wardt building his story between the two European countries. Koen was formerly a bass player for Dutch rock band, Moss, who had seen success in the Dutch Album Charts over the last half a decade.
Close Eyes To Exit offers a fresh, innovative approach with inspirations of Kendrick Lamar and James Blake’s consciousness blanketing the Kaytranada stimulated instrumentals that layer the album. Klangstof brings their relaxed yet moving vocals to keep the audience pulled towards the ceiling once they have reached it.
There are deep metaphors and dark analogies buried within the journey but this is cleverly complimented by the welcoming, ambient production. This pairing helps Klangstof send a meaningful message to the fans while still sounding relaxed. Koen describes this experience as a result of finally being able to finally put his mind down on paper.
“Lyrically it is very much an album I had to write to move on.” Said the bassist.
“All the weight I’ve been carrying around is out now, I had to lay this foundation to move on, It feels great, because from here I can really go anywhere for the next album.”
The record’s pre-release singles, Amansworld, Island , We are Your Receiver and Hostage are equally spaced out within the 11 track, trip. This aural trek is parallel to Koen’s own journey following years of travelling around Europe.
“A lot of the album is about me growing up as a person. Moving back from peaceful Norway where my family still lives, to the Netherlands where I basically had to start all over again for the second time (after having moved from Holland to Norway as a child).” Koen revealed.
“I learnt a lot about myself during this period. Finding out that I enjoy isolation, and that I get very unstable when not being able to make music for a few days.”
Klangstof now continue their travels as they go on a transatlantic tour with Jagwa Ma in North America at the beginning of the winter after their debut London show at Pigeons & Planes – No Ceilings, Camden Assembly on October 4.
North American Dates with Jagwar Ma
3/11/16 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
7/11/16 – Toronto, ON – Hoxton
8/11/16 – Montreal, QC – Fairmount
9/11 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
To check out more of Klangstof and for tickets on their upcoming shows, click here.
Close Eyes To Exit Is available now on all major app platforms.
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