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Written initially while touring the US, Klangstof’s new EP ‘Everest’ sees the Dutch alternative act exploring the more electronic, synth led aspects of their widescreen sound, forged on their excellent, calling card of a debut album ‘Close Eyes To Exit’.
Borne out of a desire to push the band sonically but partly down to the fact that their van didn’t have space to put up amplifiers and guitars, Klangstof threw themselves into “synthesizer heaven”, as frontman Koen Van De Wardt puts it.
The result is ‘Everest’, an EP that washes over the listener with warm waves of synths and the band’s characteristic, sharp, snappy drumming. The opening and title track was written on an old Juno synthesizer and is Koen and partner Wannes Salomé’s attempt at writing an A–ha style, 80’s pop banger. “I think we failed pretty badly but at least we gave it a shot” laughs Koen. Contrastingly, ‘Resume’ came around the time that Trump declared his intention to initiate a travel ban and was written as a direct reaction to such political rhetoric.
The last 18 months have been a defining time for Klangstof. Following the addition of Salomé as their resident synth wizard and production guru, and ‘Close Eyes To Exit’, they've completed extensive tours with the Flaming Lips, Miike Snow and Jagwar Ma. Earlier in 2017, Klangstof became the first Dutch band to play Coachella. That same year, they took home the award for Best Alternative Act at the Edison awards, the Dutch equivalent of the Grammys.

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