Dreamy, optimistic and cinematic – these are the three words Danish pop muse Søren Juul uses to describe his music. And he’s spot on. We caught up with the big dreamer ahead of his hotly-tipped appearance at The Great Escape Festival on May 19th to talk about his new album, This Moment.

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves because the moment is still to come for the album – it’s not released until June. However, we reckon plenty of his new songs will grace the stage of St George’s Church during his visit to Brighton. And judging by a sneaky advance listen, his new songs are as beguiling and sophisticated as they ephemeral.

“It’s terrifying to release music under your own name,” Søren says. Which is why he put out his impressive 4AD debut under the name Indians, as he admits: “I was shy. I had to figure out another name I could hide behind. But I don’t feel like I need that anymore. I’m writing about personal experiences in my life, so it makes sense to stand behind it with my own name.”

And stand firmly he does. For the first time, he’s right up in the mix, centre stage and unflinchingly present. But this can’t stop the woozy electronics and buzzing harmonies from darting around him, offering him up to the listener in a hazy warm cocoon of blissful pop. Meanwhile, even his fellow musical Danes from Efterklang should be impressed with the maturity of his slowburn style of songwriting.

In three short years, Søren has gone from aspiring Copenhagen artist to scoring a key scene in blockbuster film, The Fault in Our Stars. And frankly, it sounds like it’s not been an easy transition for him. “I lost myself,” he quips. “And I was close to losing everything: family, friends and relationships with people I cared about.”

He returned to Denmark and settled quietly into the coastal town of Svendborg to finish writing the new album. The result? Well, it’s quietly awesome. It’s patiently intense. And it’s gorgeously recorded and produced.

“When a man is on his own and he can’t find what is missing / Ohhh there is a long way home,” he sings on opener Ambitions. From that point on, he spends the next nine songs getting back to that place he calls home – and damn, does he ever seem like he’s finally found his moment. If nothing else, you’d never guess he’s a big Rolling Stones fan, that’s for sure…

If I had to describe my music in 3 words, I’d use…
Dreamy, optimistic, cinematic.

My favourite film ever is…
Rosemary’s Baby

The most famous person I’ve met is…
I once shared a backstage area with Miley Cyrus. But I didn’t know who she was at the time…

The song I hate the most is…
If there is a song I don’t like I have always had the ability to turn it into wallpaper.

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Collecting stones when I was a kid – it paid £1 an hour.

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
Nirvana (I’ve always wanted to play loud guitar.)

My favourite word is…
Yes

If I had a super power I’d want it to be…
Flying back in time to meet a real rock star.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Iceland. I’ve never been.

I think you should listen to…
Julee Cruise’s ‘The Nightingale’

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
The Rolling Stones on their Rock and Roll Circus tour of 1968. Would have liked to have been in the crowd at one of those gigs!

Søren Juul plays Servant Jazz Quarters on May 18th and The Great Escape on Thursday May 19th