DANOPHONE is the musical side project of Danish science journalist Carsten Nielsen: A poetic counterweight to the fact based world of research and technology.
The debut album “Rerun” features a gallery of habitual offenders repeating their mistakes like reruns of old movies. Many of the missteps on the album could be the songwriter’s own. A couple of them are. But it’s not the whole truth. Just the darker nuances of it.
As a result the first album from DANOPHONE is a melancholic catalogue of regrets. And a glaring paradox since being a Danophone (“Danish speaking by birth or adoption”) means you’re living in one of the “world’s happiest countries” according to the UN. On top of that the city of Aalborg in northern Denmark, where Danophone resides, at one point secured a #1 position as “the Happiest City in Europe”.
Obviously DANOPHONE are lousy ambassadors for that part of the national and local branding. But as the Danish happiness-index now seems to decline, the band intends to counter the mood swing with less gloomy songs.
Some tracks on “Rerun” originates from demos made on cassette tape, and the recording of new songs still start out on a simple recorder with limited options.
- If there’s a computer involved at that point, the technology geek in me takes over and I will have the machinery do amazing things that are totally irrelevant for writing and recording songs, admits Carsten Nielsen.
And with guitars dominating the sound scape the “simple is better” dogma makes even more sense.