Under Byen

As I’ve said before, KEXP rocks.

Latest find, courtesy of KEXP’s live performances podcast, which recorded them at SXSW, is a Danish band called Under Byen. They remind me of the Sugarcubes crossed with Sigur Rós – and not just because they sing in Danish, which is as incomprehensible to me as Icelandic, but because they create beautiful, atmospheric, alternative pop songs.

Links:

The NPR Sessions page also lists the setlist from the SXSW show – with free machine translations in parenthesis:

  • “Den Her Sang Hangler Om At Fa Det Bedste Ud Af Det” (The Here Song Propensity About That Fa That Good Forth From That)
  • “Heftig”(Violent)
  • “Tindrer” (Tindrer?)
  • “Af Samme Stof Som Stof” (To the Same Effect Body That Body)
  • “Film Og Omvendt”(Movie and Vice-Versa)

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  1. He-he, interesting translations. Some better ones can be found here:

    http://www.larsdideriksen.com/underbyen/lyrics.htm

    Den her sang handler om at få det bedste ud af det = This song is about making the best of it

    😉

    L

  2. Thanks Lars – I should have figured there were better translations out there.

    Af Samme Stof Som Stof = Of Same Matter as Matter / Of Same Fabric as Fabric

    (Is this really just Of Same Stuff as Stuff?)

  3. Hey John,
    I was perusing yer site and noticed yer affinity for KEXP. Which I too absolutely love (especially gotta support our homie Kevin Cole)! I had DL’d Under Byen from their SOD (Song of the Day) Podcast and it is one of my current favorites. In fact I basically just DL’d as many of the SOD songs as I could fit on my Blackberry and then just let run in shuffle mode. I used to be big on KCRW, but once I found KEXP I never really looked back. I mean when we lived in LA I would still occaisionally listen to KCRW in the car, but if I am streamin you know it’s gotta be KEXP ;0)

  4. Many thanks for posting that fantastic track :-) I really enjoy listening to it!

  5. Hey John,I was perusing yer site and nticoed yer affinity for KEXP. Which I too absolutely love (especially gotta support our homie Kevin Cole)! I had DL’d Under Byen from their SOD (Song of the Day) Podcast and it is one of my current favorites. In fact I basically just DL’d as many of the SOD songs as I could fit on my Blackberry and then just let run in shuffle mode. I used to be big on KCRW, but once I found KEXP I never really looked back. I mean when we lived in LA I would still occaisionally listen to KCRW in the car, but if I am streamin you know it’s gotta be KEXP ;0)

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