Kristian Harting

 

Tuesday 30th September 2014
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Inspired by sufi-music, mali-blues, western low-fi pop and avant-garde Kristian Harting aims to write beautiful songs and music using what is at hand of gritty, noisy, pretty, dirty, smooth, wonderful sounds. Mainly his guitar, voice, circuit-bending, effectspushing and diverse electronic and acoustic trips. He calls himself being “in a a folky trip hop blues metal universe, dubbing his attitude and approach as “a spiritual journey as well as a physical one. It is my way of communicating freely and truthfully and articulate the ever-changing waves of confusion, emotions, ideas, people, power and surroundings, that is my life.”

With his first album, released under his own name Kristian channels this approach into a genre-bending form by excorcising demons he had to battle in his most recent past. In a very personal approach the title "Float" refers to what he describes as survival-strategy in a period of his life characterized by an extreme personal, emotional and financial turmoil, so chaotic and exhausting that it almost devastated him: "I had to be like water. Just float. Not think, not try to organize nor control the chaos, the perpetual beats to my chest and slaps in my face. I had to be like water or I would break. Just float around and away. Not crack like a rock or blow out like a fire. It was a spiritual journey. A test."

The work on this album was a free harbour where he could unload the harvest from a furious sea by creating, playing and arranging each part on his own - writing, producing, recording, mixing - finding his own true place. By listening to the intimate recording you can feel the boiling inside its creator, grabbing, shaping and channeling true emotions into music - an archaic approach but pretty much what music is made for. Rarely it gets shaped so honest like here: these songs come from a chaotic, dark and desperate place, but for Kristian, they remain full of hope and love. "My wish is that anyone listening to them will feel this too." he sums up the attitude behind the release Kristian started as a kid playing in thrash metal bands a.o. Avoid, featured on the 1992-sampler Fuck you we’re from Denmark (Progress Records). Soon he got into songwriting and alternative noisy pop and formed bands Dr. Berg, Solskaer and Tomato, working with musicians such as Jacob Krogholt (Rising, Bjoerst, Withering Surface), Mick Grondahl (Jeff Buckley, Beth Orthon) and Jesper Bo Hansen (Anne Linnet, Ida Gaard) and producers Kim Hüttel (Sort Sol, The Sandmen) and Magnus Groth (Sort Sol, Kira and the Kindred Spirits) resulting in four EP’s, two nearly finished albums and touring around Denmark.

In 2004 he formed DreamJockey with Mads Beldring and Jakob Falgren and released the album Wake Up Rock (ToneTribanalet 2006), getting steady airplay on Danish radio and toured Denmark. Evolving into a duo with Mads Beldring, Dreamjockey released Earthquakes, Religion and Heartaches (Divine Records 2011) and began touring in Germany, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, England and Denmark.

Since 2004 Kristian has been playing solo-concerts, bringing him to the USA, England and Germany, been playing bass in bands Siku and The Yes Wave and composed for film and installation art. So far the facts. Do we need to talk more? Give this music a spin and find yourself drawn in the one of the most emotional and challenging albums, Exile On Mainstream has ever put out, opening a new world, even for us. The ever changing wish to explore new territories, geographically and musically brought us here and we are truly celebrating one of the finest moments in the label’s history with bringing you this album. Enjoy.

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