Somewhere Else - 4AD
FILTER Grade: 80%
By A.D. Amorosi on February 21, 2013
Fans of late-night vintage PBS fare will recall the quirky vision and pronounced announcements of Jack Horkheimer. He was the astronomy programming guide who wafted above the Milky Ways and the interstellar highways of public television; whose goodness and kindness for all fellow watchers had but a twinge of melancholy about each starry sky. Copenhagen’s Søren Løkke Juul is the musical equivalent of this stargazer, sans Horkheimer’s barking, laughing voice. There’s a brooding dark cloud drift across each song dotted with twinkling, tingling splashes; the vibrating electric-piano-filled “Magic Kids” and the slow-building-to-epic “I Am Haunted” show off that starshine best. As for Juul’s voice, he seems to be constantly pulling himself up from the bottom of his ankles to reach those gleaming skies, as the offbeat rhythm and synthetic skyscape of tracks such as “New” drone on. Handsome, sparkly stuff.