The Elephant Song – A little back story

It’s very seldom that we manage to surprise each other with new strange sounds these days. We’ve played together for two and a half year now and we’ve explored so many different things that we’ve pretty much heard it all. Which is why it was even more exhilirating and surprising when Mari suddenly turned into, what this IKI would call, a trumpet-playing elephant.

The silence you hear at 1:28 is genuine stunned surprise. I actually, for a split second, started wondering where the trumpet played had hid (no, seriously, I did). And when we asked her afterwards why she never had used the sound before with IKI she replied: “I had forgotten I knew it!”. That’s my favourite thing about IKI. Everytime you think you have explored every little nook and cranny something new always pops up.

Anna María’s beautiful, Icelandic solo is also a hilarious example of what I like to call the “Foreign Languages are Exotic and Beautiful” effect. Because we were convinced that her lyrics were deep and soulful, and told about the majestic animal that is the elephant. In reality, or so I’ve been told, the lyrics goes something like this: “Big, fat elephant – please, don’t step on me.” That is my favourite kind of IKI song. Surprising, hilarious and beautiful.

Love from the summer in Copenhagen,

SPOT Festival and Sweden – an IKI mini tour

It’s been two weeks since we went to Helsingborg and to SPOT Festival, but it feels like it is just now we have landed. What an experience! We met so many wonderful people, played three amazing concerts, and I’m pretty sure that our audience at the SPOT Festival was one of the best crowds we’ve ever played for. It was a blast!

Nothing But Hope and Passion
Review: Be warned: this could change your way of thinking about music, because it stands for another philosophy of music.
Interview: We talked about vocal-improvisation, the human voice, the philosophy behind their music, about children who would like to join their concerts and a lot more. A very enlightening conversation that broadened our minds and surely will broaden yours, too.

Fokus Knack
Review: The absolute revelation of the festival. (Article in Dutch)

Århus Stiftstidende
Image Gallery: Photos taken by Simon Mikkelsen.

And if you’re now thinking: “Oh, I wish I was there”, well, you’re in luck! Because each week up until the Copenhagen Jazz Festival starts we will post a new video from our concerts. So go to our YouTube channel and enjoy!