Copenhagen-based seven-piece, Quiet Sonia, are architects of fever-dream folk.
Currently studying at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory of Copenhagen under the tutelage of The Raveonettes’ Sharin Foo, Nikolaj Bruus leads Quiet Sonia, and alongside bandmates, Thea Thorborg Pedersen (Ydegirl), Rasmus Jon Lundager, Anders Meyer (Ydegirl), Phillip Dyssegaard (Schultz & Forever), Jens Marl Christiansen and Frida Rolskov Pedersen, the collective release their debut EP, Wild and Bitter Fruits.
Two songs clocking in at just over 25 minutes, as far as guitarist music out of Denmark is concerned, there hasn’t been anything like the unfurling grandeur that Quiet Sonia create.
First up is This Tender Violence. Quiet Sonia work around Bruss’ thick baritone charm, with lovely acoustic textures, rich strings and ringing guitars that forge as a swirling soundscape that veers off down interesting paths.
And those paths of intrigue continue on No Weeping Melts the Armour. Sonically, it’s as abstract as the lyrics Bruus parts with (topics not limited to tyres, silk, cocaine and shaking hands with funeral directors). It’s more composition than song, spliced up into four different sections in something akin to a campfire version of Broken Social Scene trying to reimagine Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
In truth though, Bruss’ influences are more aligned with the Tim Buckleys and Robbie Bashos of this world, however it’s clear that Bruss and Quiet Sonia still maintain their own voice.
On Wild and Bitter Fruits Quiet Sonia fall between the space of conventional songwriting and cinematic splendour. Filled with otherworldly euphoria, these songs could work as well in a small room as they could on a mid-afternoon festival main stage. It’s a space not many occupy, as Quiet Sonia carve out their own niche to fine effect.
It’s a lovely start from a band that many should now be looking out for.
Wild and Bitter Fruits is out now via Pink Cotton Candy Records. Purchase from Bandcamp.