Jacob Bellens – Untouchable, Polyester Skin, Back To You

Gehört mal wieder auf Radio1 wollte ich mehr von dem „dänischen Tom Waits“ hören und sehen. „Back To You“ entwickelte sich in meinem Kopf zum echten Ohrwurm – was sonst nicht so schnell passiert. Ich brauchte die Lyrics, die Videos, Fotos, Backround seine Vita. Bei Wiki gibt es nur einen kleinen dänischen Schnipsel. Auf seiner Website schon deutlich mehr. Gekauft hatte ich mir den Titel schon vor Stunden und ihn mir immer wieder ins Ohr gejagt. „Untouchable“ und „Polyester Skin“ kamen noch dazu. Pop vom allerfeinsten. Und auf einem guten Weg das Album des Jahres 2016 zu werden. Genau diese drei Titel stelle ich euch vor. Mit sehr poetischen Lyrics, Videos, Audios und seiner herausragenden Band.

Jacob Bellens
Jacob Bellens

Zitat: „Das neue Album von Jacob Bellens ist absoluter State of the Art was Pop betrifft. Hier treffen smoothe Beats auf wunderschöne Synthie Strings und dann ist da dieser immer wieder rhythmisch wiederkehrende Gesang des Dänen. Ihr werdet das Album lieben lernen, auch wenn Euch die ersten beiden etwas langweiligen Tracks vielleicht anbiedern werden. “Polyester Skin” steht ganz oben auf der Top 05 Liste für die Alben des Jahres 2016.“ Zitat Ende

Jacob Bellens Untouchable

Where the moon glows in your hair
and the rain falls down
on a ground that’s cold and bare
dripping from the clouds
where I sing because I care
till my lungs fall out
I’m asleep but well aware
that the word is out

There’s a love and a sense of direction
in the matter that keeps us apart
there’s a light coming out of the woodworks
from a crack in the door to my heart
cause the summer is taking forever
cause i can’t take the heat anymore
cause i know that for worse or for better
i’m at war with the one that i want

A tree falls down
almost unintentional
the earth starts burning
with noone around
I hear you say
its not too late
and we become
brave and untouchable

Until the daylight comes around
and the morning breaks
in the center of this town
I’ll be wide awake
I’ll be out drifting about
with a heart that aches
and a head that’s spinning round
from the sound that it makes

Cause i feel like I’m walking a rainbow
cause i don’t know where I do belong
cause there’s no one above or beside you
because you have been crying too long
I’ve been climbing the walls of the city
on the run from the things that I miss
I’ve been drying my eyes to see clearly
cause i know that theres’s so much more than this

A tree falls down
almost unintentional
the earth starts burning
with noone around
I hear you say
its not too late
and we become
brave and untouchable

Jacob Bellens Polyester Skin

Inbetween the magic of the moment
and the hand that holds it all
coming from the paper moon
that hangs above our heads
the light that hits your hair is soft and gentle
like the flowers on the walls
of desert and evacuated old heartbreak hotels

And looking in your eyes I’m trapped
inside a giant sea of neonlights
a tunnel of creation where I end and you begin
your heart is like a locomotive
driving patiently into the night
with every single touch I feel it beating from within
your polyester skin

Whether in a coma or a state of
total bliss and harmony
I am often feeling like a tourist in my time
no matter how far i walk or wherever
I run to chase my dreams
I always end up feeling
deaf and dumb and left behind

And looking in your eyes I’m trapped
inside a giant sea of neonlights
a tunnel of creation where I end and you begin
your heart is like a locomotive
driving patiently into the night
with every single touch I feel it beating from within
your polyester skin

Jacob Bellens Back To You

This crazy world will keep on spinning
clocks will keep on ticking
till its time to watch it burn
and right from the very beginning
we’ve been celebrating
past the point of no return
to the sounds that come when lonely planets
are gently falling in and out of time
where clouds of dust are broken into atoms
that brings a chill directly down my spine

Every legend I create
every move I ever make
every action and reaction in my life
every moment I’m awake
every chance I’ll ever take
every dream and every sparkle in my eye
every second of my waking hours
and everything I ever say or do
leads me with all what’s within my powers
directly home and always back to you

My friends are young and often talking
tripping out and walking
roads that never seem to end
like stars that sparkle in the morning
come without a warning
miracles are heaven sent
from way up high like rain or even rockets
exploding in a light and clear blue sky
like grains of gold falling out of my pockets
or actual pieces of paradise

Every legend I create
every move I ever make
every action and reaction in my life
every moment I’m awake
every chance I’ll ever take
every dream and every sparkle in my eye
every second of my waking hours
and everything I ever say or do
leads me with all what’s within my powers
directly home and always back to you

Jacob Bellens: Gepflegte Lieder aus Dänemark

Unerschöpflich und auch etwas unübersichtlich ist die skandinavische Musikszene, neben Schweden und Norwegen rückt nun Dänemark in den Mittelpunkt. Ein schönes Beispiel für recht eigenständigen Pop liefert der Singer/Songwriter Jacob Bellens.

So klingt Pop – „Polyester Skin“ von Jacob Bellens

Das neue Album von Jacob Bellens in der Kritik; Fotocredit: Jonas BangMit “Polyester Skin” erschien das neue Album des dänischen Songschreibers Jacob Bellens. Es ist ein erstaunliches Album geworden. Das Soundkartell hat reingehört.

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Polyester Skin by Jacob Bellens
Out on HFN Music on Feb 5, 2016

“…a devouring charm … A wealth of intelligence and depth define ‘The Daisy Age’. Whilst the songs are lyrically whimsical and diverse, it’s the aesthetics and melody which inspires the pieces to resemble a cultured mosaic as the splendid ‘End Of The Needle’ departs.” UK-based Artrocker on Jacob Bellens’ solo debut The Daisy Age.

“We played some shows with Danish band Murder earlier in the year and I became a fan. Simple music and melodies, but with a real depth and a strangeness within the songs…and a great voice.” Stuart Staples (Tindersticks) praising to Jacob’s band Murder on Pitchfork

Jacob Bellens’ forthcoming solo album Polyester Skin (HFN Music) is set to amaze left-field pop enthusiasts and singer
songwriter-fans alike.

The locally celebrated and award winning singer songwriter Jacob Bellens is ready to release his first internationally signed solo album Polyester Skin on 5th February 2016 through HFN Music (Trentemøller, Reptile Youth and more). Polyester Skin is a wonderful mix of heartfelt lyrics, crisp & modern pop productions alongside Jacobs signature vocals that never fails to captivate the listener.

As a household name in his native Denmark Jacob Bellens is no stranger to releasing albums and playing live. Jacob has released many albums with his own bands (Murder, I Got You on Tape and solo) alongside guest performances for other artists and he’s played close to 500 shows. Fans of Jacob Bellens know how the music and lyrics of this humble and enigmatic artist crawls under your skin and leaves you moved and wanting for more. With Polyester Skin Jacob Bellens embarks on a new chapter in an already impressive career.

Polyester Skin came to life during the past two years in a close collaboration between Jacob and acclaimed Danish producer/DJ Kasper Bjørke. Jacob sent a ton of demos to Kasper who then selected which songs he felt were the strongest and the ones he could contribute best to production-wise. This is just the latest of many musical endeavours between the two; Jacob has been featured on vocals on several of Kasper’s solo releases including “Young Again” from the album Standing On Top Of Utopia (2010) and on “Lose Yourself to Jenny” from Kasper’s 2012- album Fool.

While the overall sonic impression of the album is electronic Polyester Skin also boasts an impressive lineup of guest musicians including Tomas Høffding (WhoMadeWho), Jakob Høyer (The Raveonettes, Trentemøller) and Nils Grøndahl (Under Byen a.o).

The album opener “Tidal Wave” sets the mood of the album with an open and airy production backing lyrics that evolves around the pivotal line “what is the point of / having a guiding star / if you wont listen”. The beats and synths – in Jacob’s own words – “have some kind of Vangelis/Chariots of Fire thing going on” which is more than hard to resist.

One of Jacob Bellens’ distinctive features is the almost Damon Albarn-esque musical diversity of his output. The heavy groove, synth-strings and especially the vocal-rhythm of “Behind the Barricades” reveals Jacob Bellens longtime fascination with rap music while “Raining Parachutes” has a caribbean feel to it, a musical style that’s also been hinted at in Jacobs earlier work.

Polyester Skin features quite a few tracks whose shuffle-grooves and synth-roles pay homage to a certain flavour of 80s pop, as in the uptempo “Ace of Spades” and the beautiful ballad “Untouchable”. But don’t let the seemingly lightweight synth-ingredients and crisp drum machines deceit you – the lyrical abundance of existential depth and intimate melancholy is omnipresent throughout Polyester Skin.

But there are no rules without exceptions and on key tracks like “Back to You” and the title track “Polyester Skin” we experience a new side of Jacob Bellens that proves he’s more than capable of embracing the brighter sides of life in extremely groovy and catchy pop-songs.

Jacob Bellens’ 3rd solo album is a playful and modern take on the artistic virtues that has made him into one of the most celebrated artists on Denmark’s independent scene in the past decade.

Polyester Skin is out on HFN Music on Feb 5, 2016.

First single from the album will be the title track, out on November 27, 2015.

Tracklist

1. Tidal Wave
2. Ace of Spades
3. Untouchable
4. Back to You
5. In the Lunar Light
6. Polyester Skin
7. Behind the Barricades
8. Caught in a Kiss
9. Raining Parachutes
10. Keepers of the Faith

Credits

All songs written by Jacob Bellens

All tracks produced, programmed and mixed by Kasper Bjørke
Final Mix and Mastering: Anders Schumann

Percussion by Carsten Skov. Trumpet by Kasper Tranberg. Trombone by Mads Hyhne. Strings by Nils Grøndahl.
Backing vocals by Disa Jakobs & Stine Grøn. Bass by Tomas Høffding. Drums by Jakob Høyer

Biography

Born in 1979 in Nakskov, a small town in Southern Denmark, Bellens has written songs since the age of 13 resulting in a huge output of material. He has released albums in various constellations since 2004, including three albums with the duo-project Murder, four albums as lead vocalist in I Got You On Tape and two solo albums, The Daisy Age (Wind Some Lose Some, 2012) and My Convictions (A Spot in the Sun, 2014).

In 2013 Jacob Bellens and fellow Copenhagen songwriters Fridolin Nordsøe and Kristian Leth wrote the theme song for one of the big national TV series of the year (Dicte) and Jacob is also one half of the duo Goblins alongside Lars Iversen from The Asteroids Galaxy Tour whose track “Heartbreak City” has been all over Denmark’s P6 Beat radio station this summer.

In 2011, Bellens won the Danish music critics‘ award Steppeulven for Singer of The Year and, with I Got You On Tape, also the prestigious P3 Guld award from the national Danish radio.

Both Murder and I Got You On Tape, as well as his collaboration with Kasper Bjørke, has grabbed several Danish Music Award nominations.

Jacob has played hundreds of shows including festivals like SXSW, Roskilde Festival, Eurosonic, By:Larm, Reeperbahn Festival, Glimps and many more.

Links

Website: http://www.jacobbellens.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jacobbellens
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jacob-bellens
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz8JasmWmQfnWfUoLUUN1kw
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jacobbellens
Press photos (photo credit: Jonas Bang): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eqbyzwiutarq7nk/AADl6VRlY7EWLDZJfacIMbe5a?dl=0

Contact
Label: humans@hfn-music.com
Management: jim@mergermanagement.net
PR updated October 2015

  1. tak for den smukke musik

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