Tag: 2024

FREDDY AND THE PHANTOMS – Heathen Gospels

FREDDY AND THE PHANTOMS –”Heathen Gospels”

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Release 12 april-24

Danish FREDDY AND THE PHANTOMS are ready with their sixth studio album “Heathen Gospels”, which is a melting pot of country, blues and desert rock and their most fully-toned Americana record to date. The album offers a ride into the open landscapes with sky-high promises, while a deep desperation hides in the valleys of the mind. With these Heathen Hymns, the band focuses on big personal questions such as freedom, spirituality, betrayal and the eternal desire for power, money and carnal desires.

We have written the album during the autumn of 2023 and it is our most collective effort so far. Everyone has contributed to the songwriting and compositions, and we have let the songs and melodies dictate where the track should land, which has resulted in a very varied, unpolished and melodic expression that we have not explored in the same way before. In January 2023 we played in the USA for the first time, with three shows in Asbury Park, so no doubt some inspiration was brought home for this record” – states the band.

“Heathen Gospels” was recorded in the band’s own studio in the countryside in Hornbæk on the North Coast of Sealand. The record is mixed by Knut Haavik (Hotel Hunger, Atterman etc.), who has assisted the band in bringing the cinematic qualities of the songs to life, while retaining plenty of warmth and presence in the sound. Sonically, the listener has arrived together with the band somewhere on the “Nordic Prairie” and is invited on a journey of discovery into an epic universe that stands on the shoulders of legends as The Band, Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top and The Doors.

“Heathen Gospels” will be released on LP (black vinyl, limited to 300 units) and digital formats via Target Records on April 12th, 2024.

JUNCKER – Nattergalen Mixes – Outtakes, Remixes Og Nogle Nye Sange

JUCKER –”Nattergalen Mixes – Outtakes, Remixes Og Nogle Nye Sange”

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Release 19 april-24

Nye sange, outtakes og remixes af kendte sange danner grundlaget for et varieret og spændende album fra Juncker.

Det er kun ét år siden, at Juncker udgav albummet ”Nattergalen Findes”. Et album, der fik en masse positiv omtale med på vejen. Jyllands Posten gav albummet 5/6 stjerner, og konstaterede, at ”det er decideret meningsløst, at denne mand endnu ikke har fået sit kommercielle gennembrud.”

Den 19. april i år udkommer ”Nattergalen Mixes – Outtakes, Remixes Og Nogle Nye Sange” fra Juncker, som hér forklarer, hvilken støbning, vi har at gøre med: ”Gud, hvor har jeg undret mig ofte, når bands har udeladt de bedste sange på deres albums og senere udgivet dem på b-side-opsamlinger og hemmelige outtakes-plader. Mange gange har jeg tænkt, kan The Cure eller Morrissey slet ikke høre, at nogle af deres vildeste sange er siet fra? Gudskelov, har de så samlet op. Og det gør jeg denne gang – uden yderligere sammenligning i øvrigt – med sange, som jeg ikke nåede at blive færdig med, eller ikke helt selv forstod, hvorfor de ikke kom gennem nåleøjet på mit seneste album ”Nattergalen Findes”. Og så er der også en håndfuld nye sange, blandt andet 3, som jeg lavede under pandemien med min gode ven Bossy Bo, fordi vi ikke havde noget at lave.”

Og netop både nyere og ældre venskaber er et centralt omdrejningspunkt for denne plade. Dels er det spændende, hvad venskabet mellem Bossy Bo og Juncker afføder. Men også det helt nyopståede samarbejde med Delayscape (ex-Swimwear Catalogue) pryder pladen med helt frie, remixende hænder i en for Juncker usædvanlig elektronisk retning. Dog er der, som nævnt, også blevet plads til ældre bekendtskaber.

For eksempel er første single, “Det Jeg Prøver At Sige”, der udkom den 12/1, skrevet af Juncker og Jacob Frøhlich. De to har før arbejdet sammen musikalsk i både Bloom og Junior, hvor de udgav “På Flugt Fra Alting” (2000). Sangen er indspillet i deres nye fælles studie i København – Bumblebee3 Studios.

“Nattergalen Mixes – Outtakes, Remixes Og Nogle Nye Sange” indeholder 10 sange, udkommer den 19. april digitalt og på vinyl gennem Target Records.

MIKE TRAMP – Mand af en tid

MIKE TRAMP –”Mand af en tid”

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Release 15 marts-24

MIKE TRAMP is probably the only person ever to sing about Jolly Cola, The Beatles, sauerkraut (a traditional German food) and karate on the same album. It happened on “For første gang”, which was released in 2022 and was Mike Tramp’s first-ever album in Danish. 

With “Mand af en tid” he does it again. This time the songs are about everything from Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame to Ingrid & Lillebror, Muhammad Ali, Ole Olsen and roast duck. Again, it all happens in Danish.

Thus, Mike Tramp shows that it was not for fun when, to the surprise of most, he released a record in his mother tongue after more than 45 years of singing in English. The Danish songs are a way of telling some of the stories and sharing the experiences that have been gathered together throughout his life.

Many of those I meet at my concerts have always followed me, and we have almost grown up together. I can feel that it means something very special to them that I suddenly sing in Danish. They can recognize themselves in the stories and songs because I sing about something that means something to me. I’m a grown man who’s tried a little bit of everything, but I’m still here and don’t need to chase the latest trend. I know who I am and stand by it. Therefore, the record could not be called anything other than “Man of a time””.

Mike Tramp’s career is longer and more colorful than most. He has been the country’s biggest teenage idol, made records in Germany and was an MTV star in the USA. With “Mand af en tid” he makes up for it, and as he states in one of the album’s tracks: “I have chosen my path and the path gave me answers / I came as I was”. Or as he describes himself in another song: “Stiff-necked, stubborn and retro, but really okay”.

In the past, I have always written songs that should suit a band. Therefore, there have been many things that I just couldn’t do because I had to live up to a certain image or a particular sound. With the Danish songs, I go where the songs demand it. If it’s a big mess, well then it’s with strings. If it’s a song about the old nightclubs on Vesterbro, then of course it should also sound like that. I grew up with albums where songs could sound different. “Mand af en tid” is such an album.”

On “Mand af en tid” this means that there is room for the pure rock numbers such as the album’s title song and “Storm og stille”, the great break-up song “Indeni”, the rock hymn “Altid farvel” and not least the glimpses of memory in “Ham vi vil være” and in “Nat på Libelle”, which is a song about Mike Tramp’s late mother.

As with “For første gang”, all the songs on “Mand af en tid” were written together with Lars Daneskov, and the record was produced by Mike Tramp himself together with Søren Andersen. The record also features Søren Skov, Claus Langeskov, Kenni Andy, Emily Garriock Langeskov and Jørgen Thorup.

“Mand af en tid” will be released on LP (black vinyl, limited to 500 units), digipack CD and digital formats via Target Records on March 15th, 2024. All pre-orders made in Targetshop.dk are signed by Mike Tramp.