Following the release of their highly praised new single ‘In A Rush’ ft. Chloe Rodgers in September, Scandinavian collective Twenty Committee, led by producer Anders Källmark, now return with the new lyric video for their latest offering which XS Noize is pleased to premiere today.
As a project that relies on a regular rotation of guest artists, singer Chloe Rodgers has been a regular feature in Twenty Committee’s catalogue to date and now takes centre stage on this new visual accompaniment. With her unspoken presence looped throughout this new video, we get to experience the more eerie and ethereal side to the song, elevating its dark and sometimes triggering lyrical content.
Speaking about the new video, Chloe said, “‘In A Rush’ links nicely to my own single, A Delphian Lullaby; they are both about falling in love with a narcissist and the relationship becoming toxic/abusive. Except In A Rush is much sassier and angrier! I love writing for Twenty Committee as it feels like I can express a completely different side of myself.
“Anders showed me the backing track for ‘In A Rush’ that he’d had in a catalogue for quite a while. He went out to get me a pizza and I finished writing the lyrics in that time & then he came back to see what I had come up with and we kept the first take which felt good! We added the bass synth in the second verse after that to give it some extra power.
“That crazy outfit was the itchiest thing I’ve ever worn! We felt the weirdness of the whole thing sat well with the song.”
Watch the video for ‘In A Rush’ – BELOW:
They may or may not have taken their name from a counter-espionage operation, or that’s what they would like you to think anyway. Twenty Committee is the brainchild of Anders Källmark, an acclaimed music producer, composer and engineer, who has always had a direct and deliberate approach to the sound he is looking to create. Born in Sweden and a long-term resident of Stockholm now residing in London, Källmark came to the UK to study before quitting to pursue a career at Sony Classics, where he worked with composer Richard Horowitz and has also been the mastermind behind the new EP ‘Whale’ from rising Swedish songstress Rebecka Reinhard.
As the power behind renowned record label Crowds and Power, an imprint named after an Elias Canetti book, published in 1960, that focuses on the dynamics of crowds and packs and asks why crowds obey the power of rulers, his label looks to take an equally rebellious route as it navigates the music turmoil to uncover truly hidden gems snuck into the fabric of our lives.
Correspondingly, as part of Crowds and Power’s diktat, Källmark has recruited a collection of Swedish and British songwriters and vocalists who make Twenty Committee’s debut album ‘Minutes’ something of an esoteric masterpiece. Amongst its rotating cast of characters lies Chloe Rodgers, a 23-year-old singer whose voice is so fiercely independent that she is in danger of becoming the Liz Fraser of the enterprise, and an artist that Källmark discovered whilst trawling through YouTube.
Originally from Nottingham, Rodgers’s vocal delivery is so obviously unaffected – and so delicately nuanced – you could be forgiven for thinking she could be of Scandinavian origin or even Bjork’s younger sibling. This is particularly apparent on ‘Bones’, one of the more extraordinary songs that make up ‘Minutes’. ‘Bones’ is about jealousy and kicks off like Brian Eno’s Airports before morphing effortlessly into the kind of dewy-eyed synth-pop (featuring some lovely Cure-type guitar) you’ve all been waiting for. It’s revelatory, of course, although no more so than ‘This Town’, a song that features looped techno-violin string arrangements, a perfectly positioned vocal you could put your arms around, and a storyline centred on our intrepid hero venturing into the big city for the first time.
Elsewhere, the bitterly-prescient ‘In A Rush’ is a post-punk Banshees/Bjork/Modern Eon-esque delight, spotlighting a murderously bad relationship – it’s Källmark’s favourite song of the collection – that includes a murderously-sampled loop of one note of a cello recorded on a tomato farm in South Africa, whilst ‘Something New’ is a deceptively-sweet, piano-led ballad featuring a protagonist with a pathological need to move on even as they appear to be happy as part of a relationship. Best of all, is ‘Sick Of It All’, a song that started on an MS20 upright piano – originally used by Ultravox back in their heyday – at RAK Studios, before being managed and massacred as part of a sequential circuit that utilizes a Studio 440 drum machine. It’s part of a Lost Future netherworld last explored by those performing at the 1980 Leeds Futurama Rock Festival, a sound writ larger on ‘John’, which is all double-tracked vocals and a weird Prophet VS7 sitting on top of countless levels of delay. Told you they were clever.
With so much incredible new music on the horizon, Twenty Committee look set to become the next big name to emerge from Scandinavia. Bringing more of that diverse and ground-breaking aesthetic that we have come to love from that part of the world, Anders Källmark is a man with a purpose, and that is to give us the very best that his kaleidoscopic mind has to offer.