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The legend says Christoph Sanders was brought to light by the guys from Labrador Records in a mall in Sweden, where he played his own songs over the speakers. With some friends Christoph Sanders is Chasing Dorotea, playing mellow indie pop in the vein of Nick Drake and Belle & Sebastian. Gentle little songs, mostly sparsely instrumented, but with a wide range of instruments, from smooth horn sections to a melancholic melodica. If you are into a sound like this, check it out. Good stuff. As far as I know this record from 2002 is the only Chasing Dorotea release, Christoph Sanders still makes music, now singing in his native tongue and for my taste a little bit to pathetic, which is not applicable for Chasing Dorotea.
When this record was released 2003 I had to write a review about it for a music magazine and there were only 3 days left until the deadline. I don´t remember exactly why, maybe I wasn´t in the right mood for it or just hadn´t the time to listen to it extensive enough, but I wrote a very capricious review. Not a bad record, but nothing special. Only a few days after the deadline I realised that this was a very foolish rating. Which should warn you about the so called music critics on the one hand, but also give you another good advice: take some time for José Gonzáles and I am sure you will recognize the beauty in it.
González is a swedish singer-songwriter with argentinean parents who plays music informed by british and latin american, especially brazilian folk-pop. This guy is one serious talent and his music feels confined by the city in a very strong way, which let´s “Veneer” burst out of the folk. A striking collection of hushed and autumnal songs that reside on the hi-fi end of the lo-fi spectrum, this is more than a Simon & Garfunkel or Nick Drake repackage, every piece is rich in its own bare beauty.
Norway´s duo Kings of Convenience, Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye (he also released solo records), handed over source material from their folky “Quiet is the new loud” record to a batch of remixers that included both people they knew, as well as others suited for the task that they hadn’t yet shaken hands with. The source record you can pick up at the me myself and mary jane blog, here you´ll get the reinterpreted versions by artists like Röyksopp, Four Tet, Alfie, Riton and many more. And if you might ask yourself now if electronica remixes of acoustic folk songs can be worth a try or just have to be trash, I can assure that versus is a fantastic remix compilation. This is masterful; a piece that should be viewed as a model for what remixes of folk should look like. The artists on this disc recognized the essence and soul of the music it is derived from and the experience this creates is an even more passionate rendition of the same emotions of the first album. Taking the brilliant originals, recognizing the reason they exist as their own exceptional works, and reworking them to make those points even more prominent. The group of remixers picked for the disc seem to be on the same wavelength as the duo. While they’re for the most part in completely different genres usually, most of the time the feel of the original track – even if completely different elements are introduced – is kept intact. A perfect example of this is the remix of “I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From” by country-mates Röyksopp. The group keeps the almost flamenco guitar bit of the track and the vocals, but they add a subtle groove and some sampled wind noises that keep the track light yet slightly on the pensive side. And after you have listened to both records you have a dilemma. Which one is better? The original “quiet is the new loud” which defined the neo-acoustic sound with their Nick Drake meets Simon and Garfunkel diamond sharp songs and managed to sound new and surprising although traveling in a well-established path (you might say this made their achievement even greater)? Or the electronic remixes? I just love both records.