12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Blaudzun is Danish musician Johannes Sigmond, who, over the course of three albums in five years, has morphed from a fairly straight-ahead singer/songwriter into an artist who goes to deep, dark places for breathtaking emotional and musical textures. His U.S. debut, Heavy Flowers, is painted in bold, lush strokes with a delicate touch. "Flame on My Head" opens with a slow fuse. A quiet thrum of acoustic guitar, hissing percussion, and gurgling keys give way to a thudding tom and Sigmond's voice losing its cool. It's brought back down to a simmer by a stark guitar line and handclaps. There's a reason the charming first single, "Elephants," has made waves in Europe: it takes flight on a chorus of see-sawing strings and a sturdy 4/4 backbeat supported by piano and horns as it climbs upward, eventually landing in a dream cloud where teaching elephants to sing isn't only kooky but de rigueur. Accordions, banjo, and mandolin come into play on several tunes, and the lovely, organic orchestrations recall artists like Patrick Watson and Sea Wolf. Gather Heavy Flowers to your bosom; why let European fans have all the fun?

EDITORS’ NOTES

Blaudzun is Danish musician Johannes Sigmond, who, over the course of three albums in five years, has morphed from a fairly straight-ahead singer/songwriter into an artist who goes to deep, dark places for breathtaking emotional and musical textures. His U.S. debut, Heavy Flowers, is painted in bold, lush strokes with a delicate touch. "Flame on My Head" opens with a slow fuse. A quiet thrum of acoustic guitar, hissing percussion, and gurgling keys give way to a thudding tom and Sigmond's voice losing its cool. It's brought back down to a simmer by a stark guitar line and handclaps. There's a reason the charming first single, "Elephants," has made waves in Europe: it takes flight on a chorus of see-sawing strings and a sturdy 4/4 backbeat supported by piano and horns as it climbs upward, eventually landing in a dream cloud where teaching elephants to sing isn't only kooky but de rigueur. Accordions, banjo, and mandolin come into play on several tunes, and the lovely, organic orchestrations recall artists like Patrick Watson and Sea Wolf. Gather Heavy Flowers to your bosom; why let European fans have all the fun?

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Real Talent Lover ,

WOW

8 Instruments and all can be heard, I have been following this band for about a year now. Finally great to see them released here. Blaudzun writes from the soul and it shows. Been a long time since I have heard such passion and heart in music. I hope I hope they have as much success here as they did in The Netherlands

chelseanyc ,

Fantastic Album!!

Blaudzuns debut US album is a real gem. The songs are very well crafted, produced and his voice is mesmerising. I was extremely happy purchasing this album after listening to it on NPRs first listen.

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