2015 - Year in Review

2015 - Year in Review

Dear followers

We’d like to take this opportunity to look back on a terrific year and to look forward to 2016. Thank you all for your amazing support for our biggest passion, this little label called Tambourhinoceros.

If interested we invite you take a look at the chronological 2015 recap below. We’re beyond excited to present new music in 2016 from acts like CTM, EXEC, IRAH, Palace Winter, Cancer and more.

Have a great Christmas and happy New Year.

- Tambou HQ

Frisk Frugt

Back in January we released Den Europæiske Spejlbue – the 2nd album from one of the champions of Danish experimental music, Frisk Frugt. Check out the wonderful world of composer Anders Meldgaard by watching Den Europæiske Spejlbue - The Movie here: https://vimeo.com/142543037  

"Whatever it is, the word hasn’t been invented yet. It’s just brilliant." Drowned in Sound

"It will melt the minds of Van Dyke Parks completists and Björk fans alike" Mojo

“‘A defiantly unique voice…like Sufjan Stevens let loose in Pinocchio’s workshop…his orchestration is a delightful canvas”  The Wire

“‘A fantastic album”  Cyclic Defrost

Chorus Grant

Our singer-songwriter extraordinaire Kristian Finne Kristensen released the digital live album simply entitled Live in Concert documenting the great concert him and his band played on the back of their 2014-album Space. Listen here: https://lnk.to/chorusgrantlive

“It’s an exceptional bit of songcraft that you really ought to hear” Stereogum

“... Some of the most  intoxicating Scandinavian downtempo we’ve heard in ages” NME

“Copenhagen-resident Chorus Grant, Kristian Finne Kristensen to his friends, challenges the likes of Ariel Pink, Cass McCombs and other contemporary weird- at-first-but-actually-pretty-brilliant male pop artists with his debut single “O Everyone” Disco Naïvité

“The next big thing from Denmark has arrived” Gimme Indie

“if it’s any indication of how the rest of “Space” will sound, this will be an incredible album.” The Roosevelts

“His tunes are sweet. His voice is real smooth. His pace is calming. It’s just the hit we need right now” Killing Moon


Electronic duo Rangleklods has had a huge year releasing their 2nd full length album in May 2015, playing close to 100 shows this year and gaining fans in the thousands. And today we celebrate that the readers of mighty Kaltblut has chosen the video for the single "Schoolgirls" as the best music video in 2015. Check out the album here: https://lnk.to/TAMB103

“One that's bound for continental clubs, surely” The Line of Best Fit

“Scandinavian Perfection” Noisey

“A musical marriage of Robyn and Caribou” KCRW

"brooding, ratcheting electronic pop" The New York Times

“immediately stands up as one of the years smartest stand-alone releases. Pretty much essential, then” Gold Flake Paint

“a highly technical yet intricately emotional sound” - Earmilk

“it’s like having Dave Gahan and Annie Lennox in one act” The Guardian

“A constant climax and a killer album” Nothing but Hope and Passion

Palace Winter

One of our most recent signings, the DK/AU alternative rock-duo Palace Winter debuted in 2015 with the EP Medication from October and has most certainly hit the ground running. The single “Menton” topped the Hype Machine popular chart and the band are these days getting booked all the right places making the 2016 debut album something to look forward to in a very big way.

“Their new EP is absolutely fantastic” Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

“Paul Lester from The Guardian is a fan and so am I” Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

"This is fast, urgent, plangent, with murmuring vocals and a hazy shade of wintry melancholia” The Guardian

"a glorious six-minute journey of atmospheric production, Johnny Marr-style guitar and gently shimmering vocals. It's psychy without simply relying on chucking a phaser effect on everything. Stick this on and lose yourself for a moment.” - Shortlist Magazine

“Ambitious and engrossing, this stands tall as a further statement of intent from the genre spanning talent of one of Denmark’s rising stars” - GoldFlakePaint

“A buoyant, blazing introduction, the clip is reminiscent of The Vaccines or even the more direct side of The War On Drugs.” - Clash Music

“The closest music will ever get to an audible head massage" Drunken Werewolf

“A 5-minute wonder” NME


In late October we put out another debut full length called White Lion from the amazing and innovative HÔN – the alter ego of Jesper Lidang, who’s also the singer of the band The Rumour Said Fire. This record is such a strong collection of experimental pop. Produced by Nis Bysted (Iceage, Choir of Young Believers etc.) and Jesper himself our biased and humble opinion is that this a another must listen: https://lnk.to/TAMB115

“Honeydream is slick but contemporary, raw but eloquent” Glamcult

“There are shades of 80s synth pop in here, alongside rather more modern artists such as Chairlift.” Clash Music

“‘Honeydream’ feels both euphoric and despondent in equal measure – the music is uplifting, but as he sighs out “But I miss you..” and the chorus kicks, you can’t help but get a little moved.” Ja Ja Ja Music

“an intense new track” - the405

It’s how I imagine Morrissey would have sounded if he’d discovered the 808.” Ilovepie

“A gentle indie r’n’b that could easily fit in the same category as How to Dress Well and Autre Ne Veut” Gimme Indie


In the past couple of months we’ve premiered the singles from the forthcoming mini-album Suite for a Young Girl from Danish cellist, singer and composer Cæcilie Trier’s main project CTM. The singles have had global impact and we couldn’t be more excited for the Jan 22-released of her mini-album. Listen to lead single “Cézanne” here: https://lnk.to/TAMB135

“a wonderful example of CTM's dramatic songwriting” Clash Music

“Without lyrical cliché this album sounds highly personal, sincere and document-like. Suite For A Young Girl is a highly sophisticated progression from CTM's debut release Variations in 2012.” The Quietus

“The vocal work takes on a fascinating timbre; Trier crafts a voice that’s both a boom and a whimper at the same time, like a child scaring herself in the dark, like a fractured mind chasing itself around its skull” Consequence of Sound

"has an appealingly warm and experimental quality to it."  Stereogum

"sitting somewhere between Imogen Heap and James Blake, but with a dramatic pull and a meandering curiosity all of its own" The FADER

"a haunting track" Gorilla vs Bear


The final months of 2015 for us have also been about introducing the intense first tracks from another debut act, EXEC. The piano and vocal-based main project for Troels Abrahamsen - a notable figure in Denmark from Gold-selling Danish electro-rock band VETO to solo records under his own name and the alias I Know That You Know. The debut album The Limber Real to be released on Feb 12 is polar opposite of his electronic releases: purely analogue, stripped down to piano, vocals and raw human emotion.

Watch this breathtaking performance of the latest single “Life is a Liquid” from EXEC’s debut show (!) at CPH:DOX in November: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub4otIODtFE

"Find a quiet place and get utterly lost in this magnificent performance" - GoldFlakePaint

“With the focus on his piano playing and a raggedly beautiful voice that sits alongside those of Antony Hegarty and Scott Walker, he is aiming his songwriting efforts right at the heart and making a deeply felt connection as he does” Nordic Spotlight

“a sensitive introduction to a songwriter worthy of fresh exploration” Clash

“I feel entirely won over by this” Fresh on the Net

“The first thing that will hit you, when listening to the opening notes of ‘The Explanatory Gap’, is the intensity of it.” Ja Ja Ja Music

“This is Antony & the Johnson meeting John Grant having coffee with Tvärvägen drinking beer with Broken Twin walking with Angel Olsen listening to Possessed by Paul James” - Kentucky Seven

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