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Written initially in the back of the band’s splitter van while touring the US earlier this year, Klangstof’s new EP ‘Everest’ sees the Dutch alternative act exploring the more electronic, synth led aspects of their widescreen sound, forged on their excellent, calling card of a debut album ‘Close Eyes To Exit’. Largely borne out of a desire to push the band sonically but partly down to the fact that their van didn’t have space to put up amplifiers and guitars, Klangstof threw themselves headfirst into “synthesizer heaven”, as frontman and band leader Koen Van De Wardt puts it.
The result is ‘Everest’, an EP that washes over the listener with warm waves of synths and the band’s characteristic, sharp, snappy drumming. The opening and title track was written on an old Juno synthesizer and is Koen and songwriting partner Wannes Salomé’s attempt at writing an A – ha style, 80’s pop banger. “I think we failed pretty badly but at least we gave it a shot” laughs Koen.
Contrastingly, the EP’s other key track ‘Resume’ came to Koen around the time that President Trump declared his intention to initiate a travel ban and was written as a direct reaction to such political rhetoric. Inspired by the idea of making a video featuring people from all kinds of different cultures having the best time ever at a Klangstof show, ‘Resume’ was born as a song.
The last eighteen months have been a defining time for Klangstof as a band. Following the addition of Salomé as their resident synth wizard and production guru and the release of ‘Close Eyes To Exit’ in September 2016, they have completed extensive tours around the globe with The Flaming Lips, Miike Snow and Jagwar Ma.
Earlier this year, Klangstof became the first Dutch band to play the world-renowned Coachella festival in the US, a remarkable achievement that should tell anyone all they need to know about the band’s abundant musical ability and undeniable upward trajectory. In February, they took home the award for Best Alternative Act at the Edison awards, the Dutch equivalent of the Grammys.
The Everest EP is Klangstof’s finest work to date, a simmering cauldron of emotion with the permanent threat of eruption.
The Everest EP is released on 13th November on Mind Of A Genius.
“perfect for closing your eyes and letting your worries drift away” – NYLON
“Dutch Girl Band Dakota Do Cali Dream Pop So Well” – NOISEY US
“Silver Tongue, a gorgeous slice of indie pop.” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT
With EP “Leda” and debut single “Icon”, which saw critical acclaim came from the likes of
Noisey, The Line of Best Fit and Nylon amongst others, Dakota managed to take the first steps in
their own dreams and goals, playing the world their music.
Dakota seamlessly blend California feels with Garage Rock and Dream Pop; and their music has
remarkable skill in lulling the listener to close their eyes and drift away to the dreamy and hazy
music – just before they take a swing and whack you right around the ears with raving guitar riffs
and pounding rhythms!
The Amsterdam based band’s new single ‘Silver Tongue’ is an ode to coping with that person in
your life who tries to knock your dreams and goals at every opportunity. The track embraces the
sentiment of always keeping your head held high and your eye on the prize, and never giving in
to the naysayers.
Having recently played some major festivals including The Great Escape, Down The Rabbit Hole
(NL) and Valkhof Festival (NL), they’re planning to play a lot more shows throughout Europe this fall.