Songs about mortality, masculine melancholy, the fall of communism, love – and yes, even one about art itself.
Danish solo artist State of Mind once again defies categorization by releasing seven new songs so obviously rooted in classic songwriting that they border on traditional pop. Except that once again State of Mind’s offbeat, synthetic soundscapes add a unique edge to every track.
State of Mind’s 2010 debut was the brooding concept album Myotonic. Later the same year he released the 18 minute long electro-pop track Why Can’t This Noise.
“There is no overall theme behind I Can’t Help Myself,” State of Mind AKA Kim Bülow Bonfils explains. “I’m currently working on a number of concept-style releases – but this one is merely a handful of songs.”
“Though there does seem to be a conspicuous amount of electric piano and handclaps on this release,” he says. “I guess these things just happen…”
“Louche” is a term used to describe the opacity created when ice water is slowly poured into a glass of absinthe – also enhancing the aroma of the mythical beverage.
“The Louche” is the new single from Copenhagen-based singer-songwriter-electro-noisepop project State of Mind – and the first precursor of the upcoming album “Diagnosis”.
Over a throbbing electronic groove (recalling the darker sides of Depeche Mode), frontman Kim Bülow Bonfils sings an ode to the dangerous pleasures of absinthe – fittingly surrounded by swirling psychedelic soundscapes.
State of Mind’s latest single explores the darkest corners of suicidal thought and poses the question: If the song’s protagonist can no longer appreciate the pleasures of life – why is it she still goes looking for “The Perfect Place” of beauty and tranquility to end it all?
A brooding ambient soundscape provides the backdrop for this sad tale. But the track picks up pace in the surprise instrumental outro.
“The Perfect Place” is the third single from State of Mind’s upcoming album “Diagnosis”.
Over a busy, Steve Reich-like piano figure, the narrator muses “I’m just the way I am/And I can’t take it any more”. The song turns into a 12-bar synthpop blues in a minor key – backed by an uptempo beat and interspersed with acid house-style synth solos. “A change is bound to come,” it concludes. “And I will fight it all the way.”
“A Change Is Bound to Come” is the fourth single taken from State of Mind’s upcoming album “Diagnosis”, and will be out for streaming and download August 3, 2015.