Copenhagen’s When Saints Go Machine offer a singular, poignant sound with their club-infused pop experimentations. Their latest record So Deep came out last week and they play The Pickle Factory tonight. Ahead of the show, they talk us through five tracks that have influenced them.
‘Reflections of You (Bloodshot)’, the first single (released in September), off the record instantly calls to mind the powerful warped-pop of ANOHNI, especially vocally, intertwined with the trio’s own eclectic, whirring sonic oscillations. The first taste of the record, the track certainly set up high expectations for the album which are very much lived up to. A truly striking release, So Deep initially grew out of a collaboration with the Copenhagen Philarmonic Orchestra, which highlights When Saints Go Machine’s ever-innovative, playful and unexpected approaches to their music.
In anticipation of their show tonight, get to know When Saints Go Machine In Five…
Wiley – Igloo
Growing up only very few people listened to Grime and other UK genres in Copenhagen, but I had some friends who were living in Rotterdam at the time and we used to ride around the city, smoke out the window listening to Wiley and So Solid’s – They don’t Know. Perfect time in life.
What struck me later on was that a lot of the sounds used were just factory sounds, but the way they were put together was so genius it created a whole new genre. A vision so strong is something to admire.
Jlin – Carbon 7
he way Jlin puts different sources of sound together and the attention to the detail between them and her arrangents is a huge inspiration. Cold rattles and icy reverb, but it still comes off warm and intimate. Really love her drums, but thats a general inspiration and not just something connected to Carbon 7. Would love to see her work some day.
Croatian Amor VargTm2 – The Pearl (I Know You)
Two people I will call when my world shatters. As you grow older the people you hold dear become more important to you, because you realise that this is all you get. “The Pearl” somehow reminds me of that. More than anything I’m inspired by the people closest to me. There’s such a huge difference in these two artists work process, but I truly respect and learn a lot from the kinship and divide in these relationships.
Killer Mike – Untitled
Still honored to have worked with this man. Atlanta played a huge part in my love for music from a very young age. The musicianship, swing and melodic language of Organized Noize and all that it sparked in the South. So to be working with Mike after growing up listening to all this music was such a blessed experience. “Untitled” From the El-P produced R.A.P. Music just killed me. My brother sent it to me the day it came out and I must have listened to it 10 times in a row.
Loraine James – Sensual
I never knew about Loraine James before the “You And I” album, but since it came out I have been listening to it a lot. I have been working a lot with specific texture of single sounds and listening to a lot of noisy high end frequencies, but when I heard this album, I was like ok, that stops right now. “You And I” sounds so good and I love how everything fits together sonically. There’s a lot of energy and a lot of stuff going on, but it’s all elegantly balanced. Such a strong and soulful vision to me.
When Saints Go Machine play The Pickle Factory tonight, tickets here.
Photo credit: Daniel Hjorth