Keep Your Eyes Open For Klangstof, The Mind Of A Genius Signees Who Captivated London Last Night
We caught the Dutch band's London show last night and here's what went down...
The Dutch band Klangstof has been getting our attention recently. Though the project started when front man Koen van de Wardt moved from a remote town in Norway to Amsterdam a couple of years ago, their buzz rocketed almost overnight as record label Mind of A Genius (the guys who also boast the likes of Gallant and THEY.) found them by chance on Soundcloud one evening. Since then the boys have toured extensively both sides of the pond, and we were especially excited to see them last night (15th March) in London.
Their set was mostly drawn from last year’s debut Close Eyes To Exit, opening on its downbeat title track. With their dark, wobbly sounding synths and sparkly guitar tones, their sound fits somewhere between Chet Faker and Radiohead, especially with the mix of live and electronic drum sounds.
They seemed properly warmed up by 'Seasons', with Koen disclaiming ‘it’s time to get funky’. The melody is quirky and contagious, though its surprise key changes make it interesting to follow.
Koen was his typically playful self, staring at the crowd in a jokingly creepy way, and prolonging certain parts of songs to mess with his band. They’re clearly used to this, though, as they kept their cool and followed their front man’s whims confidently. None of them were afraid to go for it either, calling for the audience to keep singing the hook in 'Amansworld' as Koen shredded a piercing guitar line.
It’s the quieter moments that make these ecstatic outbursts feel all the greater, as with the massive ending to 'Hostage', which was easily the set’s highlight.
Last night showed not only Klangstof’s ability to make interesting and soaring riffs, but also the way they have fun with them. Though their album title might suggest otherwise, these are ones to keep an eye open for this year.
By John Bell.
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