Check out “Lives” - Chorus Grant's first new song in five years
Chorus Grant's 2014-album Space was praised by critics in his native Denmark and raised eyebrows internationally. Half a decade later, Kristian Finne’s Chorus Grant is back with “Lives”. Watch the music video below or find the song on your streaming service of choice here.
With newly found inspiration from medieval songs, Kristian has created rich soundscapes on the new single “Lives” that gives us a preview of what’s to come with his next LP.
The song comes out of the gate deceptively disguised as simple folk tune, built around looping percussion, before it takes the listener on a three minute journey, effortlessly flowingly across genres ranging from madrigal, to 70’s soft rock, and offset by modern, bombastic electronic stabs. Finne’s fingerpicked classical guitar is the thread that ties together the seemingly disparate airy and grave elements - hallmarks of Chorus Grant, embedded in a song that also signals a new direction for Finne. The duelling recorders transports the listener back hundreds of years to face the roar of a baritone saxophone. Dellusion lurks in the fine spun web of Kristians classical guitar picking as murmurs and ruminations of transition and transformation float above the brooding rhythm section.
Since the release of 2014’s Space, Kristian Finne aka Chorus Grant has released two records and toured with acclaimed duo Cancer consisting of Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild of When Saints Go Machine and Kristian.
This past year, however, he has focused solely on writing new solo material as Chorus Grant. The new album revolves thematically around transitions, and the liminal space between the past and the present; the what was and the what will be. Developing his own take on a new Nordic sound, Kristian found what he calls "the melancholic major" The harmonic qualities of this tone inhabit these songs, leading to an emotional core.
“Music and songwriting is my most trusted friend. It helps me to understand life and give voice to ponderings that can’t not be articulated in normal conversation. I’ve felt an urgency to write these songs that deal with transition and transformation, floating mid-air between an old and new life. My hope is this new record will resonate with others, serving as a mirror where people can unravel their own lives and find comfort in the fact that no one is alone when facing fundamental change.”
The video for “Lives” was made in the studio of up-and-coming painter, and visual artist, Jakob Steen, in an industrial area of Copenhagen. The friendship and kinship between Kristian and Jakob previously manifested itself in visuals for Space’s "O Everyone" and "Godplans.” On "Lives", Steen stages Chorus Grant in a locked setting that leaves no other option than to communicate with eyes, face and voice.
Appearing on the recording are Sebastian Rochford (Polar Bear, Patti Smith, David Byrne, Brian Eno) on drums, Adi Zukanovic (IRAH, SVIN) on keyboards, Mads Brinch on bass, and Karen Guastavino on recorder and baritone sax. "Lives" was composed and written by Kristian Finne who also plays guitar and sings on it.