KLANGSTOF ANNOUNCE NEW EP ‘EVEREST’ OUT 3rd NOVEMBER
THE TITLE TRACK FROM THE EP IS AVAILABLE NOW
THE BAND ALSO ANNOUNCE HEADLINE LONDON SHOW AT THE LEXINGTON ON 21st NOVEMBER
Klangstof have announced their new EP ‘Everest’. Due out on the 3rd November on Mind Of A Genius, the EP is the follow up to the band’s acclaimed debut album, ‘Close Eyes To Exit’.
The ‘Everest’ EP sees the Dutch alternative act exploring the more electronic, synth led aspects of their widescreen sound. 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 new EP washes over the listener with warm waves of synths and the band’s characteristic, sharp, snappy drumming. The first single and the release’s title track, ‘Everest’ 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” says Koen. LISTEN HERE
‘Resume’ meanwhile sees the band in more political mood. The track 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 rhetoric. A sonically rich, textured cut, ‘Resume’ is symptomatic of the band’s confidence and constant thirst to explore new sounds. ‘Names’ continues the EP’s exploration into the electronic world, all chiming synths and purposeful electronic drumming, while ‘The Lows Will Keep You High Enough’ showcases a more tender side to Klangstof’s sound.
The last eighteen months have been a defining time for the band. Following the release of their excellent debut album ‘Close Eyes To Exit’ in September 2016, they have toured around the globe with The Flaming Lips, Miike Snow and Jagwar Ma, as well as becoming the first Dutch band to play Coachella. In February, they took home the award for Best Alternative Act at the Edison awards, the Dutch equivalent of the Grammys.
Klangstof will be undertaking an extensive European tour from this October, including a show at London’s The Lexington on the 21st of November, their biggest UK headline performance to date. Full dates on the band’s website below.