One-man band and genius behind Indians, Søren Løkke Juul stumbled upon the whimsical, electro-indie-folk project in pursuit of a new challenge. Often compared with the gorgeous vocals of Justin Vernon, Juul jumped into a swirl of popularity after playing his first show in early 2012 and releasing his first single a few months later. With only one full-length album to his name, Juul is a novice to the scene but doesn’t give the impression of immaturity by any means. Strategically combining acoustic guitar with layered keyboards, Indians is testing the limits of what an audience is willing to accept as “good music”.
Now a (semi) full band for live performance purposes, Indians’s music wasn’t intended to be showy and, because of Juul’s expertise in balancing multiple instruments at once, the need for more than a single musician on stage isn’t entirely necessary. But we’re talking about the music industry and live concerts here and there’s just more of an impact with a couple heads bobbing around the stage. If anything, the addition of other members to Indians brings a dynamism of evocative layers that makes its music all the more interesting.
Although this debut album may be a reflection of the band’s formative years, it seems to be on a good track so far.
[Indians performs from 3:05 to 3:50 pm on Saturday, May 25 at the Yeti stage.]