Swedish Simian Ghost release their debut UK album, “Youth”, soon (!) on March 5th through Heist Or Hit / Playground Music. Check out a free download of the glacial electronics and dreamy melodies of ‘Wolf Girl’ below. Simian Ghost hit the UK for a string of dates this April, with more to follow later this year.
Swedish three-piece, Simian Ghost, is a body of work originating from acclaimed producer / songwriter Sebastian Arnström. They released their debut album, Infinite Traffic Everywhere, in Sweden during the winter of 2010 to great enthusiasm and critical acclaim. It topped the critics chart in Sweden and was voted record of the year by the readers at Dagensskiva.se. In 2011 Simian Ghost, a live trio, toured Sweden and shared stages with the likes of Mount Kimbie, SBTRKT and Niki and the Dove to name but a few. The year also brought demand in for his remix work – including contributions for hotly tipped LA shoegazers Letting Up Despite Great Faults and an as yet unreleased turn on one of Bjork’s recent efforts. Most importantly, 2011 saw their first release with UK label and tastemakers Heist Or Hit, who oversaw their Lovelorn EP, which hit our shores in November. Lead track “Free Agent” saw wide acclaim in not only the UK and Europe but even in the US, where Pitchfork deemed it strong enough to feature in the first week of their site redesign as a key track.
Whereas Lovelorn, a wonderfully understated but primarily electronic record, was in Sebastian’s words “a collection of songs all conceived in my messy living room, very DIY”, the follow up “Youth” is very much more of a full band affair – reflecting their live presence – the guitars are back and the result is a stylish coming together of all the debut’s promise with the added sophistication and maturity that Lovelorn brought to the mix.Here are those first
April 11 – Manchester, The Soup Kitchen
April 12 – Glasgow, The Captain’s rest
April 13 – Southampton, Joiners
April 14 – London, Surya