Sweden - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 11 - 09/16/97
Sons Of Koop
Imagine yourself in a picture. You're in a forest. It has just stopped
raining. A few rays of sunshine dance on a bog in the forest. It looks
like fairies dancing to greet the warming light. A thin fog is lying like
milk between the trees and it is cold and totally still. You hear music.
It is the sound of Koop and it is the perfect soundtrack to a picture
But Koop is more than just the soundtrack of a forest-dream. The
gentlemen behind the album and the name - Oscar Simonsson and Magnus
Zingmark, built their studio in a cabbin on a small island far from the
city. But every weekend they went into town to go to clubs and this too is
reflected in the music. The result is a strange mixture of urban and rural
None of the songs can really be called "club-song", though. In stead it is
a nice blend of jazz and ambient techno that I have never heard before,
even though names such as Tricky and Massive Attacks later work comes to
mind (but they lack the unmistakeable sound of scandinavian nature and
climate - cold, dark and desolate).
One of the songs is called Bjarne Riis and it is named after the danish
cyclist that won the Tour de France race last year. According to the
Koop-team the song is arranged as a race and the listener follows Bjarne
on his struggle through the French mountains.
It is very typical for Koop to have this kind of idea behind each song,
where the sound creates an impression or an image. Another example is the
8th track, Jellyfishes which is about the tragical Estonia accident in
which more than 1000 people drowned in the Baltic Sea.
Koop is in a way very Scandinavian. The music is melancholic and slow,
dark and cold, silent and lonely, yet beautiful and emotional. I
guess that listening to this record sitting in an apartment in, for
example, Los Angeles or on a beach on Hawaii would be a weird experience.
Almost like snow in June or like seeing a reindeer in Africa, if you see
what I mean.
Copyright © 1997 Erik Starck