Danish duo Sparkling are relishing returning to music after a long break with new single ’Fractions’ which just came out following their recent single ’Say Goodbye To The Ragged Tiger’. The latter set blogs and radio stations alight last year and intrigued listeners with its organic yet futuristic sound.
as the title might suggest is mathy with an electronic basis. However, whilst
others may hunt tightness and efficiency – Sparkling insist on exploring the
human aspect of synthesizers and machines. Consequently, most of the parts are
played by hand and re-amped in the studio to create maximum depth and to bridge
naturally to both the vocal and the additional instrumentation.
is a song about embracing getting older and becoming more aware of your
surroundings and inner life. The character in the track is looking back – in
fractions he experiences and feels notes from his life. Above all, the track
expresses the strong love that transforms someone from a dreamer flying
restless in space to a man on earth.
recording process, Jens Christian Madsen of the band says “We wrote the song
quite fast and laid down the basic tracks in the studio (the dirty intro beat
and the synth lead-motif catching up on the choruses are some of the few
elements that have ‘survived’ throughout the whole production process). We
penned the lyrics in my summerhouse by the northern coast one beautiful late
summer evening. And we were so excited and moved by our own words, that we
decided to record the vocals immediately; Carsten singing in the open, under
the starlit sky at night.”
started out in 2002, formed by Carsten Mørch-Bentzen (vox) and Jens Christian
Madsen (synths). ’Fractions’, like ’Say Goodbye To The Ragged Tiger’ is from
from their forthcoming album Felonious (coming in 2019) in which they have made
new allies from the sparkling (pun intended) Copenhagen music scene. These
include guitarist Oliver Hoiness (Skammens Vogn, Kira Skov, etc.), bassist
Peter Buch, jazz saxophonist Jesper Løvdal, guitarist Anders Mathiasen (Murder,
Vessel, etc.) – featured on ‘Fractions’, guitarist David Rosenkilde, pianist
Steen Rasmussen, and Benjamin Vinding on berimbau.
working on the album the last couple of years, Sparkling have teamed up with
renowned film festival CPH:PIX who have used excerpts from the duo’s cinematic
pop music in the festival trailers which screened in movie theaters all over
Copenhagen. Sparkling have toured intensively in Denmark incl. SPOT and
Skanderborg Festivals, been artist of the week on Hitquarters.com and
collaborated with producer/remixer Dave ‘Rave’ Ogilvie (Bowie, N:I:N…).