Andreas Pallisgaard, from Pinkunoizu

Recall that sultry sunrise scene in Vanilla Sky paired with The Chemical Brothers’ “Where Do I begin”? That acoustic wave has warped itself through a psychedelic twist of Danish post-rock in Pinkunoizu‘s “Time Is Like A Melody.” This quartet of electro experts take it further weaving in what they call “…sloppy 90s, repetitive kraut and modern compositions with some spacey-funk, brooding acoustic folk, and a tap of Moroccan trance with Asian 60′s pop.” Shall we say well-traveled?  Nothing shy of worldly, Danes Jeppe Brix (guitarist), Andreas Pallisgaard (guitarist, vocalist), Jakob Falgren (guitarist, keyboardist, bassist), and Jaleh Negari (drummer) march into the music scene on a mission to mix up emotions with cultural and conceptual experimentation. Banded together from a previous Danish ensemble, Le Fiasko, the troupe has been on a roll with recordings, working closely with native must-know Nils Gröndahl of Under Byen.

Catch Pinkunoizu and their electricity (tricks on guitars, amplified violin + bowed saw, and some sophisticated sound effects) in January at the Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, Netherlands, and their album release “Free Time!” by British label Full Time Hobby, due out March 2012. Here the music >>


AG: At what point in your life did you realize music was an avenue you wanted to pursue?

AP: For me it might have been all about boredom. I grew up in a little town outside of Copenhagen in Denmark. I started playing around with recording sounds and small tunes when I was about 12 years on my father’s old-timer computer. The social life around school started to bore me, so I began doing this everyday when I came home from school. Some do sports, some do music.

AG: How do you and the band members hook up?

AP: Me and Jeppe know each other from high school. We met Jakob and Jaleh later on in Copenhagen and were all 4 a part of the band Le Fiasko, back then.

AG: What are the greatest challenges with making new music today?

AP: I think coping with the fact the everything around music is so hectic these days; the people who listen to it, the ones who earn money working with it, the ones who play it – in general the whole mass consumption can get a bit tiring, and in the worst cases, that can inflict on the whole process of actually creating the music. 

AG: How has technology been an advantage for Pinkunoizu tunes?

AP: We wouldn’t have had the means to create the sounds we have created, was it not for the invention of the computer. We would have done something different, but it would not have sounded as interesting in terms of sonic depth.

AG: Your music is synth heavy and electro savvy, what are some live instruments you play with?

AP: Actually the only synth we play with live is a foot pedal bass synth. It’s a “keyboard” that Jakob plays with his feet while playing guitar. This one is the bass foundation of our sound. Other than that we have some fx pedals that can generate sinus tones to play around with, which also have a bit of a synth feel. Apart from that we use 3 electric guitars and Jaleh on the drums. Sometimes we play with our friend Nils Gröndahl who plays amplified violin and bowed saw, through a lot of effects as well.

AG: How do you view music in Denmark vs. other parts of Europe (London, Paris, Berlin) and where do you see your music making the most noise?

AP: Denmark is a small country. People there feel the need to look beyond the country borders to find role models – the Danes tend to pick up on those from the US. I think there are many good bands in Denmark, but in my opinion they seem to want to sound too much like those role models. Berlin is good at electronic music, noise and free jazz, and Paris, hmm I’m not too familiar with what is happening in Paris actually. From what I hear London needs to reinvent itself. But hey who am I to say these things….

AG: Is there an album release we have to look forward to?

AP: Our debut album ‘Free Time!’ is out on Full Time Hobby in March 2012.

AG: What are some key messages Pinkunoizu aims to communicate through their music?

AP: Open-mindedness, the tearing down of borders and conventions, expansion of the inner realm instead of the outer, transformation of thought and senses – stuff like that.

AG: Who are some current musicians you feel are paving the way for smart, skillful music in the indie scene? And do you feel popular music today is changing?

AP: In this last decade I think artists like Deerhoof, Akron/Family, Panda Bear and Smog/Bill Callahan have been doing some great music that has made a difference on the indie scene. But I’m actually starting to get somewhat uninterested in the indie-phenomenon. It has in many ways been washed out, and today what you would call ‘indie’ is basically a new form of more pure pop music to me. A band the blows my mind currently is Nisennenmondai. They have incredible things going on.

AG: Where can we see pinkunoizu perform this month or in 2012?

AP: We just now returned from a European tour. Next up is the Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, Netherlands – that’s in January. And in April we have a new European tour lined up. 

AG: Music icons?

AP: Check out Selvhenter, Thulebasen, Frisk Frugt and Howl Baby Howl. Those are great Danish bands in my opinion.


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