The dreamy alt-indie of Amsterdam-based group Klangstof is the product of Norwegian singer/songwriter and producer Koen van de Wardt.
His earliest inspiration was Radiohead
's OK Computer, which he used to hone his instrument-playing skills. Once he started writing his own material, he bolstered his songcraft abilities with studies at Hedmark University College in Norway. After a stint as bassist with Dutch indie band Moss
, van de Wardt committed himself to the Klangstof project in 2014. After releasing the single "Hostage" in 2016, he was signed with Mind of a Genius
, home to Zhu and Gallant. The sweeping tune incorporated the icy soundscapes favored by Radiohead
in their late-era works, while also infusing some of the ethereal atmospherics of Sigur Rós
and funky flourishes of Alt-J
into the mix. ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi