kristian harting Summer of Crush (digipak CD, £14.50)label: exile on mainstream
After his critically acclaimed debut solo effort “Float”, released 2014, seminal Danish troubadour Kristian Harting returns with a new album and blesses the world with a batch of 12 new songs. While its predecessor “Float” incorporated ethereal songwriting skills deeply inspired by Western lo-fi pop, Mali Blues and the more avant-garde side of Folk, Kristian widens his focus towards a much more pop-orientated approach. “Summer Of Crush” is an album oscillating between melancholic dreamscapes and synth-laden shamanic dance tracks. Motown meets Metal meets Morricone – an ambition that seems to be bound to fail. But not here! This new album will be accompanied by a serious set of live efforts again and a big European tour in early 2016. His live skills are exceptional and we can only advise every listener not to miss these shows. In 2014 he toured Europe massively with FUTURE ISLANDS, and later with labelmates CONNY OCHS and FRIEDEMANN, building up a quite impressive fanbase. The album is released in a mini gatefold CD sleeve in oversized square measurements, printed on heavy cardboard and sealed with a matt lamination.
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