Instrumental performance and sound quartet We Like We from Copenhagen, Denmark premieres a brand new track titled I’m Not For More! Praising the collective We like We focuses on a collaborative working ethos utilizing a unique mix of instruments and musical background.
The band comments on the new track: “The opening track of our new album I’m Not for More unfolds itself like an endless floating mantra of repetitive vocal and violin melodies accompanied by a distorted cello drone and a whirling vibraphone. “I’m not for the record, I’m not for money, I’m not for the purpose, I’m not for more…. is a modern lullaby, a rejection of the neo capitalist society and the eternal aspiration for more.”
I’m Not For More is taken from sophomore album Next To The Entire All available this December via Berlin based vinyl label Sonic Pieces.
Witness a 12 hour performance by We like We + Jacob Kirkegaard this weekend at the Thorvaldsens Museum. More info about the performance here: http://welikewe.com/
Next to the entire All is an astonishing work by Danish experimental sound quartet We like We, consisting of Katrine Grarup Elbo (violin), Josefine Opsahl (cello), Sara Nigard Rosendal (percussion) and Katinka Fogh Vindelev (voice).
Although classically trained, all four share a desire for exploring, experimenting and shaping a sound of their own, something which is truly present on this album. Both instrumentation and composition feel glued together with an abundant sense of playfulness and vision. The record starts with the beautiful I’m not for More which sets the tone for the 10 pieces, hurling you back and forth in a whirlwind of sound and musical intuitivity.
Genre bending as the record can be, it can be seen as somewhat of a contrasting work as much of northern folk traditions as of an avant-classical work in the spirit of György Ligeti and Meredith Monk. Forest Sketches, as an example, starts with minimal woodblocks and percussive rattling while slow building violins, cello and vocals pull themselves in through the unknown before bursting into a Pagan sounding wormhole of screams and looped cellos. The piece ends with minimal vocal soundscapes fading away into almost pure silence. It could be mirrored with a merger of both the opening and closing scene of Kubrick’s classic movie 2001 – creating the sense of beginning of humanity versus the far future, with abstractation and the unknown.
Next to the entire All is both a mind bending and grounded piece of work fitting naturally next to other Sonic Pieces releases such as Hauschka & Hildur Gudnadottir’s Pan Tone or Christoph Berg’s Conversations, while adding a northern minimalism. A record as hard to shake off as it is to describe.
1. Im Not For More
2. Endless Harmonies
4. Forest Sketches
6. Our Flags Are Torn
7. Dark Waters
9. Time Is Local – Seventeen Days
10. Dust Patterns
We Like We forthcoming live dates
Nov 4, 2017 – G((o))ng Tomorrow 2017 – Copenhagen, Denmark (m. Jacob Kirkegaard)
Nov 10, 2017 – Define Festival 2017 – Sønderborg, Denmark
Nov 23 – Dec 2, 2017 – Música Estranha 2017 – São Paulo, Brazil
Dec 3, 2017 – Testrup Højskole – Aarhus, Denmark
Jan 18, 2018 – EuroSonic 2018 – Groningen, Netherlands