The Migrant is the solo project of Bjarke Bendtson, a Danish singer-songwriter with a mournful voice and a taste for slight psychadelia. Flood is a record that sonically crosses the Atlantic to nestle in comfortably with the kind of quality Americana we’ve heard from the likes of Midlake over the last decade. Released by Rockpie.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 23 December 2015
The Migrant is a man Bjarke Bendtsen from Copenhagen who wears shorts and likes taking his top off.
He also is a fairly accomplished songwriter and this album is going to appeal to folks who enjoy the stargazing folk of then likes of Midlake and Fleet Foxes. Opener ‘Climbers’ is a lively little thing with enthusiastically strummed guitars and elasticated vocals reaching for the sun. If Jurgen Klopp made music it would be as enthusiastic as this. ‘The Fixer’ gambols along as if Bendtsen is singing it on horseback. The frantically strummed instrumental interludes calm down for each sung verse before bursting back into life again. The whole thing has a really pastoral feel harking back to early ’70’s troubadours who sang songs about rivers and arriving at the exact mid point where Laurel Canyon meets Kings of Convenience.
The title track is darn lovely, a drifting acoustic drift that is like a breezy Bonnie Prince Billy. Better go overleaf top see what happens and ‘Water’ does what the album has been threatening to do over it’s first half and veer into Jeff Buckley/Radiohead territory. It’s a sturdy album, folky but with balls(just like the tight shorted picture of him on the rear). It pounds along like the kind of record Gaz Coombes hope he makes and having gone all around the housers on this I think I’m going to return to the warm bosom of my initial comparison, Midlake.
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