At first the debut album of Chorus Grand sounds like average Dreampop. And the single "O Everyone", which is highly praised internationally according to the advertising leaflet, is not very convincing, perhaps because it serves too many genre clichés. But then Kristian Finne Kristensen, who is behind the project name, really gets going. In fact, he manages to find a balance between indie pop in the Bon-Iver tradition and dry anti-folk à la Herman Düne or Jeffrey Lewis (without his humor though). And when it comes to great deeds, it even sounds like Death Cab For Cutie on their long forgotten big days. Also very convincing are the astonishingly cliché-poor lyrics and the often dry, purified arrangements. Songs like "Godplans" and above all the majestic "XO" are pearls of contemporary indie folks who cry out to be discovered and taken to the heart. Hopefully someone will listen to him and he continues to believe in himself and his music.
Top track: XO