By Laura V
While the world was shut down and the musical landscape was covered in silence in 2020, Lasse Matthiessen went on the only long trip that made sense for an incarnated melancholic. The route went back in time and down the memory lane: Past his old school in Copenhagen, where he sang in Copenhagen’s Boys’ Choir, to his home in the middle of the now Copenhagen hipster paradise “Nørrebro”, where he grew up and beat his first drum set – powered his first guitar.
Looking back can often springboard is into the future and the trip inspired his new EP ”Coordinates Remain” which sees him, rather than go back, branch out on a new direction into electro-indie. The EP is his most thoroughly produced and effect-bearing release to date, and it has been created in close collaboration with the Stockholm-based producer Joakim Buddee.
On ”Rome” the bass and a simple beat plays, while Matthiessen’s power-manipulated mahogany voice digs deep into the soundscape. From there, the intensity rises and ends in a graceful commotion. And the experiments do not stop there. With ”Colors”, work has been done with both close microphone and vocal techniques, so that the singing voice almost turns black in a restrained breath, while it is sampled on’ Rome and becomes an underlying melody.
Photo by Christian Friedländer