Maybe in an attempt to quantize the Spartan qualities of their music, echoey Danish dream-pop act Indians filmed a 13-minute “4AD Session” on a remote, 380-acre island off the coast of England to announce their signing to the fantastically dreamy label. The trio, led by Søren Løkke Juul, plays three songs — two from the group’s debut 7″ out earlier this year, and one new one — on the island’s beaches.
The first track, “I Am Haunted,” finds them on a sandy strand of beach, two keyboardists facing each other while a trench-coated Juul strums an acoustic guitar. Juul and co. use the night as their backdrop for the next song, “Magic Kids.” And the final track, the 7″ B-side “New,” places them in what looks like the mouth of a jetty in the middle of night, as stage lights sparkle on the water to complement the troika’s buzzy synth sounds. Eventually they settle into a soul-like groove and begin building up the song with soaring chords and Juul’s plaintive vocal arcs.
It all makes for an apt introduction to a band who seemingly has needed no introduction. In the months since performing their first-ever concert in February, Indians have toured Europe and North America with Beirut, Lower Dens and others. Beginning in October, they’ll haul their echo chambers all over the U.S. with Other Lives. It’s safe to bet that they won’t play anywhere as serene or placid as the setting of their 4AD Session.
Indians will release their debut album in early 2013 via 4AD