Nowness premiered the new Choir Of Young Believers video for “Paralyze” from Choir Of Young Believers’ sophomore album Rhine Gold out now on Ghostly International. Director Anders Malmberg said, “Working with ‘Paralyze’ has been a really interesting process for me. The music serves as the emotional script when you direct promos, and in this case I had the wonderful joy of working with a really strong composed work of music, that indeed challenges the conventional song format, without losing the pathos and pop sensibility that characterize Choir of Young Believers. I listened to the music, and wrote a script. I wanted the film to have a timeless and simple aesthetic, a simple design. So apart from being in love with long dolly shots, I also tried to articulate ideas that are related to different fields within fine art such as sculpture, painting, fashion and photography.”
Choir Of Young Believers’ sophomore album, Rhine Gold has been praised by Stereogum, Rolling Stone, Spin, Under The Radar, The Guardian, Q, and many others. Pitchfork said that Rhine Gold, “is both exquisitely produced and has personality to spare.”
Choir Of Young Believers is band from Copenhagen, Denmark lead by Jannis Noya Makrigiannis. For years, Jannis moved in the underground circles of the Copenhagen indie scene. After the breakup of his old band in 2006, Jannis gathered musicians and friends around him and formed Choir of Young Believers. In 2007, they released Burn the Flag, an orchestral-pop project marked by magisterial melodies, dark lyrical concerns, with a healthy dose of cathedral-grade reverb. In Rhine Gold, COYB expands on their debut in every way. The collaborative dynamic has imbued their sound with more authority and daring. COYB inhabits a wholly unique space where intimate folk, classic Krautrock, big-sky Americana, avant-garde composition and bombastic theatricality seamlessly serve the same master.
Rhine Gold begins with the patient unfolding of “The Third Time,” and “Patricia’s Thirst” follows with a brief, perfect pop moment. “Sedated” weighs in with a ’70s soundtrack feel and the scheme of subtly shifting backdrop of sounds, from playful piano and backwards passages to gentle rain. “Paralyze” offers cosmic, motorik exploration, with an acoustic interlude for good measure. Wistful ballad “Have I Ever Truly Been Here” is Rhine Gold‘s devastatingly melodic, emotional center. Bass and cello provide the unlikely backdrop to the album’s most outre hook on “Paint New Horrors.” A chamber orchestra and spectral female voices soak “The Wind Is Blowing Needles” in minor-key melancholia. The album culminates in Rhine Gold‘s namesake track, deploying strings, piano and digital effects to summon mounting tension; a fitting conclusion to this complex and beautiful release.
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