German dark indie prog three-piece KOJ have shared their haunting new single ‘Jenny’ alongside an evocative live session video. It’s the second single to come from the band’s forthcoming debut album HOME which is set for release via Long Branch Recordsin Spring 2020.
The song ‘Jenny’ talks about experiencing dark moments in your life and feeling like there is no possible way out. KOJ wanted to explore the way someone might perceive the world through this lens of anxiety and hopelessness and it made them wonder what it might take for that person to see a silver lining and to feel like they belong again.
“Jenny was written in our home studio and it was a very intuitive and collaborative process. The three of us started jamming randomly at the beginning of a songwriting session and it just sort of came together. Beray Habip, our producer and engineer, coordinated the whole thing and guided us through the process of making the song. In a way Jenny came out of thin air, but then again this is one of those songs that seems to have been waiting somewhere in the collective subconscious just to be written. Basically it only took us one day to write the entire track and record a demo version. It was such a wonderful feeling to listen to Jenny at the end of that day, realising that ‘wow, we really did this!’. We then took the demo to Toolhouse Studios to record the final version of the song. So, the song is called Jenny, which originally came from ‘Jennifer Lawrence’, which was the working title for the track. The song has a line about a silver lining, so we thought of ‘Silver Linings’ and about Jennifer Lawrence. We had started this weird habit on previous songs of temporarily naming the songs after celebrities, before committing to a proper song title. We created quite the line-up with names such as Pamela Anderson or Scarlett Johansson, before renaming them for the album. Jennifer Lawrence became Jenny and stayed this way, because the name also has a very personal reference and connection to the theme of the song.”
Since 2012 KOJ have continuously been working on their music and forging their deep dark indie soundscapes. Made up of three musicians – two brothers and one married couple; this is KOJ. Together they give life to a sound that is full of contrasts, sometimes roaring, untamed and raw as the ocean that inspires them, other times delicate, fragile and minimal.Catch them live on the following dates.
30.04. UK, London – O2 Islington Academy 2 /w Demons Of Ruby Mae 04.05. DE, Berlin – Kantine im Berghain 05.05. DE, Hamburg – Freundlich und Kompetent 14.05. DE, Cologne – Stereo Wonderland 16.05. DE, Muenster – Gleis 22 17.05. DE, Hannover – Lux
Line Up: Alina von der Gathen (Guitar, Vocals) Simon von der Gathen (Keys) Nils von der Gathen (Drums)