The alias of Dutch indie artist and singer Johannes Sigmond, Blaudzun specializes in rousing, open-road indie pop and art rock that skillfully blends the expansiveness of bands like Arcade Fire and Frightened Rabbit with the indie charm of Radiohead and Grizzly Bear.
Based in Utrecht, Sigmond released his eponymous debut album in 2008. His sophomore outing, Seadrift Soundmachine, arrived two years later. After gaining both commercial success and critical acclaim for Heavy Flowers (2012) and Promises Of No Man’s Land (2014) Blaudzun released his Jupiter trilogy, a collection of tracks released in three separate parts, containing brisk songs exemplar to Blaudzun’s knack for stunning arrangements and large-scale sonic inquiry. This time, sounds testimonial to the German kraut rock movement, 80s Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and contemporary indie pop that have shaped the Dutch songwriter’s unique songwriting acumen. He and his six piece band toured Europe heavily, and also appeared at SXSW in Austin, Texas. ~ James Christopher Monger with Jasper Willems