London's foremost new Nordic night, Ja Ja Ja, returns to its monthly residency at The Lexington from Thursday 26th September. Now on the eve of its fourth year, Ja Ja Ja booked the likes of Mø, Mikael Paskalev, Olof Arnalds, Phantom and Rangleklods over 2012-13 and is ready to unveil a whole load of talent over the next year.
The line-up for the September 26th event includes frenetic post punkers Eye Emma Jedi (Norway), anthemic indie band Satellite Stories (Finland), and nocturnal electronica act Samaris (Iceland). Ja Ja Ja regulars can become members to get discounted tickets and other Nordic treats on signing-up here. Tickets are £5/£7 in advance, on sale now from Billetto.
Also Ja Ja Ja has evolved into a festival spanning two nights in November! Taking place 8th - 9th November at The Roundhouse with Mew and múm headlining on the Friday, Ja Ja Ja Festival is a big celebration of Nordic music, food and film. For tickets and more info, please check here.
About Eye Emma Jedi
Hailing from the glacial landscapes of Norway, Alexander Pavelich and Andrew Murray are the duo behind galactic indie rock outfit Eye Emma Jedi. Armed with invigorating guitars, shimmering pop melodies and dreamy soundscapes, this band's highly energetic live act is not to be missed.
Having played over 50 gigs across Norway, Germany and the UK within their first year of touring, Eye Emma Jedi accumulated 50 weeks of airplay at Norway's biggest radio station, NRK P3. Their singles also received frequent rotation at Amazing Radio, Kerrang! Radio and stations across Europe.
In November 2012, Alex and Andrew put all their equipment on a truck to Spain, making a home studio outside the small village of Monda, Andalucia, where they spent 100 isolated days producing and recording their debut album.
Satellite Stories hail from the northern outpost of Oulu, Finland. Live their energetic show has given them a growing reputation as an amazing party band - the audience drives the band, as the band drives the audience, through a packed can of indie pop.
Comparisons to bands such as Vampire Weekend or Two Door Cinema Club abound on the Satellite Stories debut album 'Phrases to Break the Ice' (originally released worldwide last year through XYZ Music). The band's aim is to give as much fun and entertainment as possible and take the audience on the journey with them, to quote another Scandinavian band ”party is a trend that will never stop”.
Summer 2013 brought with it no less than 21 festival appearances, including a jubilant performance at their homeland's main event, Flow in Helsinki. More news is to follow imminently on Satellite Stories next album release.
Iceland's spectral Samaris released their eponymous debut just last month on One Little Indian. Samaris' compiles their two Icelandic-released EPs, Hljóma Þú (2011) and Stofnar falla (recorded at Sigur Rós’ Sundlaugin studio with Gunnar Tynes of múm, 2012), all to the delight of NPR, The Line of Best Fit and Drowned in Sound, with the latter describing their music as "gorgeous, haunting nocturnes".
Combining disparate elements of electronics (Þórður Kári Steinþórsson), clarinet (Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir) and Jófríður Ákadóttir’s haunting voice, Samaris mix glacial electronica and bold, percussive beats with haunting chant-like vocals - the lyrics culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems. The effect is simultaneously ancient and modern – an ethereal sound filled with dark spaces and alien atmosphere.
Formed in 2011 in Reykjavik, within months they had won both the Icelandic Músíktilraunir (past winners include Of Monsters and Men) and Kraumur Award. The band performed at Iceland Airwaves in 2011 and 2012, and will follow their acclaimed debut with a second album in Autumn 2013.
Founded in 2009, Ja Ja Ja is the definitive Nordic website and club night celebrating the very best new music emerging from Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Denmark. Each month at The Lexington in London, Ja Ja Ja hand-picks the finest emerging talent from the Nordic countries, making sure that only the best music is filtered through to your ears. Ja Ja Ja is brought to you in association with The Line of Best Fit and Record of the Day.
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