Going deeper, darker and more unpredictable while bringing their live energy to their studio recordings has paid off for Klangstof. They’ve enjoyed a summer of major shows as guests to Pixies, including Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl, while their recent singles ‘Disguiser’ and ‘Plastic Gun’ have earned support from 6 Music, Apple Music and Amazing Radio.
Now the Dutch sonic explorers share their new single ‘Truth’ as they keep their momentum rolling towards the September 16th release of their new album ‘Godspeed To The Freaks’.
‘Truth’ is rich with contrasts as the spacious intro, all sweeping waves of bass and sinisterly sweet falsetto, darts into synth-pop territory, creating a tension-and-release dynamic. It’s a real earphones record too, with closer listens revealing subtle, unexpected details such as the pitch-shifted vocal deep in the mix during its middle-eight. And much like the rest of the upcoming album, it deals with recognising and fixing your personal weaknesses - in this case, it’s a twist on an otherwise common lyrical trope.
Klangstof’s Koen van de Wardt says, “‘Truth’ was by far one of the most fun tracks to record on the album. Erik and I had a studio that got up to 35 degrees in summertime. We were jumping around in our underwear jamming on this track the whole day. I came up with the idea to make a bit more of a light-hearted song about cheating. It was one of those moments where we were way too excited to go all dark. The song really transformed during sessions on Vlieland. Wouter played this reggae guitar loop on top of it and it all made total sense. The music was just the burst of energy we all needed.”
The evil rabbit mascot that featured in both recent Klangstof videos is back for ‘Truth’ - only this time there’s another one of them. And what are rabbits famous for? Their insatiable desire to create baby bunnies. Which is all well and good until another jealous and very angry evil rabbit turns up to interrupt the fun.
Watch the video for 'Truth' - BELOW:
Klangstof recorded and self-produced the ‘Godspeed…’ album in the De Bolder music venue on the small Dutch island of Vlieland. With little to distract them beyond the scenery, they escaped from the rush of the mainland and spent hours jamming, building songs upwards from bass and drums. The resulting album feels energised and live-orientated, resulting in the Edison Award winners (the Dutch Grammy/ BRIT equivalent) creating something very different to their previous record, ‘The Noise You Make Is Silent’.
The band’s independent sessions were then pushed to peak creative accomplishment with mixing by Sam Petts-Davies (Radiohead, Frank Ocean), mastering by Heba Kadry (Björk, Slowdive, Big Thief). They subsequently also worked with Anton Corbijn, the leading music photographer (U2, Nick Cave, R.E.M.) and film director (the Ian Curtis / Joy Division biopic ‘Control’).
Next for Klangstof comes further European shows with Pixies before they return to the UK next month as special guests to The Slow Readers Club. They end the year with another tour with Pixies, this time covering Australia and New Zealand. Klangstof’s UK dates are below, please see their website for a list of all international shows.
SEPTEMBER - WITH THE SLOW READERS CLUB
9th - Sheffield, Leadmill
10th - Paisley, Spree
11th - Liverpool, O2 Academy 1
16th - Newcastle, University
17th - Hull, Welly
18th - Chester, Live Rooms
22nd - Stoke, Sugarmill
23rd - Norwich, Waterfront
24th - Oxford, O2 Academy 2
25th - Brighton, Patterns