album of the month
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"...Copenhagen deal in unusually subtle orchestral pop, and their
Sweet Dreams... is the stuff of deliciously penumbral slumbers."
"Sweet Dreams... paints singer Neil Henderson as a man for whom melancholy
is a way of life."
"Il est impossible de ressortir indemne d'un tel voyage initiatique."
CMU Music Network (USA)
16th November 2004
"...this collection of songs from Kirsa Wilkenschildt and Neil Henderson
sneaks into your life, and mingles with your subconscious until the point
where you cannot live or function without your daily fix."
Tales from the Forest
7 December 2001
(who hail from London rather than Copenhagen) are of the Tindersticks
school of crepuscular pop. Their debut album often seems as substantial
as a wisp of smoke - a virtue in this context. So introverted are lugubrious
singer Neil G Henderson and his seven colleagues that they appear to have
been in separate rooms while recording their parts. But then, it would
have taken considerable resilience to have been around Henderson during
his contributions, because when in character he is an unnerving presence.
Murmuring "Another battered bride hopes he doesn't hit the child"
on Happy Ever After, he sounds as if he is teetering on the edge. Five-Year
Diary, a glockenspiel-embellished tribute to diary-keeping, ends with
the narrator's suicide, which sets us up nicely for the rest of the album.
Violets is a dissonant duel between Henderson and backing singers Pauline
and Jacqui Cuff, while Poison Kiss is a quiet nightmare of violin and
ghostly whispers. Great stuff."
dark, melancholy show tunes.
Genuine eccentrics in an age of conformity, Copenhagen (from London) feature
an eight-foot-six frontman in Neil Henderson, effervescent twins Jacqui
and Pauline Cuff and around nine million instruments, including plaintive
violins from sometime Jack bow-person Ruth Gottlieb. Their dark, theatrical
cabaret could be placed between Tindersticks and Cousteau, but these jazz-tinged
stories of love, betrayal and nightmares are above all individual. Something
is wonderful in their state of mind, if not Denmark."
"After two excellent EPs, Copenhagen makes the leap to a full-length
album with smoky, dramatic Tales From the Forest, laden with all
the late-night jazz-touched moodiness anyone could want,..."
will always be a need for bands who are not afraid of challenging traditional
limits and, when at the same time, it is done so elegantly and masterfully
as is the case here, who can ask for more! Copenhagen is a definition
of style and Tales of the Forest is tangible proof of this.
Every time you listen to it, new details are experienced and there is
no doubt that this is a record that you never grow tired of listening
to and one which you are never quite finished with. My candidate for the
year's best album!"
Flintholm (translated from Danish by Jane Rørdam)
discordant mariachi misery-guts. Like Nick Cave caught in some railings...
Music Guide (AMG)
...the lush but never overwhelming music practically
begs for cigarette smoke, low lighting, and crushed red velvet seats as
further accompaniment. Wilkenschildt's keyboards and vibes add elegant
shades to it all (and on "Caroline's Wedding," a bit of Beach
Boys-circa-Smile piano), while Thompson's abilities on drums deserve special
notice as well, especially on the quietly swinging title track. A live
take on the song "Afterstorm" deserves mention, as it in fact
only features two members; Henderson singing and Wilkenschildt on electric
piano; giving an appropriately melancholic but also quite elegant performance."
Plucked strings, noir-keyboards and spy-thriller themes
abound, and the song weaves a wicked romantic spell.
Copenhagen deserve to be huge. Afterstorm, a stark number with just Neil
on vocals and Kirsa Wilkenschildt on electric piano, is a testament to
the bands songwriting prowess, to their ability to put together music
that is timeless and poignant. Its rare to hear something that is such
a breath of fresh air, something that makes your heart soar and your spine
tingle. Copenhagen, please release more records soon.
"Copenhagen are both unorthodox and unique.
With songs as strong and as versatile as the ones displayed on this EP,
it seems that Copenhagen are going to be the most exciting new musical
acts of the year."
The weather changes for Copenhagen's Raining Again, a nigh perfect
slice of jazz-noir: single of this month (and many others).
heart-stoppingly gorgeous as anything from the new Lambchop album, or
anything the Tindersticks have ever done, Copenhagen could be a band to
watch Stirring stuff indeed.
lovely, late-night prowl around rain-slicked streets, where Tindersticks
and Blue Nile skulk in the shadows and Barry Adamson shelters in a darkened
doorway. Haunting, sophisticated, postmodern pop so cool it will have
the non-smokers taking up the cheroot.
like what Scott Walker found in his Christmas Stocking...
Copenhagen, with a debut single, Raining Again,
that's a haunting, sombre and a twinkly gem of a song. Samantha