After recently unveiling their first new track in three years, Ghostly-signed, Copenhagen-based Choir of Young Believers share their new video for ‘Face Melting’.
The video for ‘Face Melting’ stars Jannis Nova Makrigiannis, the main man behind Choir of Young Believers. Filmed in a sparse, hot, deserted land, the visuals create a suitably avant-garde setting for the band’s smouldering, experimental-pop laced new single.
When listening to Choir of Young Believers, it’s hard not to imagine an army of white-clad singers with arms outstretched, their voices raised in holy polyphony. In actuality, though, the Danish group is the brainchild of Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, a staple of Copenhagen’s underground indie scene. In 2006, Jannis moved to the Greek island of Samos, developing solo material before returning home to gather musicians and friends around him. And thus he formed Choir of Young Believers, an orchestral-pop project marked by magisterial melodies, dark lyrical concerns, and a healthy dose of cathedral-grade reverb.
Choir of Young Believers’ 2008 debut album, This is for the White In Your Eyes, mixed modest folk arrangements with ambitious pop, cooling its theatrics with Nordic stoicism and a glowing inner light. On 2012’s Rhine Gold, Jannis expanded his daring concepts in every way—classic Krautrock, big sky Americana, avant-garde composition, and bombastic gestures were seamlessly ushered into the fold. But no matter how the music evolves or shifts over time, the clear, mournful voice of Jannis Noya Makrigiannis remains, always reaching quietly for the heavens.
Having toured extensively around the world and landed “Best Newcomer” at the Danish Music Awards, Choir of Young Believers took a long break after Rhine Gold, returning in early 2014 to support Depeche Mode on a string of shows. Jannis has since rekindled his love for working as a solo artist, and is currently in the middle of putting the final touches on a third LP. Inspired by the likes of Talk Talk, Enya, Sade, Dean Blunt, Frank Ocean, and early ’90s Madonna, that forthcoming record is schedule to appear sometime in late 2015.
Face Melting’ is a romantic, piano-led pop nugget, a smoldering slow jam laced with gossamer vocal harmonies and anchored by an undercurrent of electronic experimentalism. And once you make it through the song’s weightless transformation, it seems readily apparent that we are now entering a whole new chapter in the Choir of Young Believers story.
See Choir of Young Believers live:
19 July – Ostrava, CZ @ COLOURS OF OSTRAVA