Danish vocalist, musician and composer Kira Skov’s newalbum was recorded in Wales and Copenhagen with herregular band and producer, guitarist and drummer JohnParish. Following her extremely successful album WhenWe Were Gentle, her new release continues her quest todiscover new directions on her remarkable and extensivemusical voyage.
Kira exploded on the Danish music scene in 2002 with Kiraand The Kindred Spirits. She has since established her reputationas an artist of diverse facets. Lately she has reapedacclaim for her successful Billie Holiday tribute, MemoriesGone By, and Persona, her collaboration with Danish punklegend Peter Peter. Most recently critics raved about TheCabin Project, a collaboration with Marie Fisker. WhenWe Were Gentle earned her a handful of important Danishawards: two Steppeulve (Vocalist and Album) and a CarlAward (awarded by the Danish Music Publishers Society)for her lyrics. She also received the Danish Art Council’sprestigious tri-annual grant.
Kira: “It’s all about taking chances and risking losing it all eachtime. Risking my audience and the box I have been placed in.For me to function I have to remain true to myself, it has tofeel relevant. To retain the necessary excitement in the workprocess I need an element of unpredictability.”
Over time her collaboration with British producer JohnParish has developed into a close sparring relationship.They spent nine months exchanging musical ideas in preparationfor the album. In order to concentrate optimally oneach tune, they chose to divide the recording process in twophases, one week in spring at the Rockfield Studio in Walesand a couple of weeks during late summer at STC Studio in Copenhagen.
Kira: “I contacted John through MySpace back in 2008, because I found his work with PJ Harvey particularly fascinating.Since then we have worked closely together, and our common musical taste brings the best out of me and my songs.”
May Your Mind Explode A Blossom Tree contains songs revolving around themes such as war, love and loss. The lyrics seem to draw us into many layers of consciousness,and Kira’s enthusiasm for great poets like Walt Whitman,Charles Bukowski and Dylan Thomas is evident. The music is performed by Kira’s powerful band: her husband, bassist Nicolai Munch-Hansen, and the two musical wizards Oliver Hoiness on guitar and Simon Toldam on keyboards – botho f whom reveal an almost limitless arsenal of musical ideas– and on drums producer John Parish.
Kira Skov (voc, ac. g), Nicolai Munch-Hansen (bass, cello, p, g, voc), Oliver Hoiness (g, keys),Simon Toldam (p, keys), John Parish (d, voc).
Now I know / I celebrate my life / A smile to remember / I would give it away / Coincidence is all that counts / May your mind explode a blossomtree / Down in the Valley / Alone with everybody / The Sun a lonely host / Never young
STUCD 15142 Kira Skov, May Your Mind Explode a Blossom Tree, Stunt Records, Sundance Music ApS