Under Byen – “Alt Er Tabt” Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Onetime BTW Under Byen’s fourth album Alt Er Tabt (“All Is Lost”) is out in April. The Denmark group’s followup to 2006’s Samme Stof Som Stof definitely has an anguished, although not done-for feel. In their new form, they’re without a pianist and their one-time orchestra, which makes things immediately sparer, like the whispered warping and unfurling bedroom-folk abstractions of Islaja or Lau Nau. See, for instance, the collection’s quietly swarming title track. In a translated statement about its video, director (and visual artist) Sidse Carstens says she’s commenting on “how women of today still have to tear down their conception of perfection.” It’s like an intensely spare diorama installation. The Yellow Wallpaper came up around the water cooler this morning. You wouldn’t be wrong to think about “Romance Is Boring,” too.
Your soundtrack for preparing tonight’s dinner:
Alt Er Tabt is out 4/6 via Paper Bag.