Copenhagen's GENTS and Berlin's Better Person will be joining forces to play their beautiful synth pop at The Victoria on the 4th October.
GENTS are a Copenhagen based duo consisting of Theis Vesterløkke and Niels Fejrskov Juhl. It all started a couple years ago when they both moved to Berlin, with few commitments and a mutual passion for 80’s synths and drum machines, they spent their free time writing early sketches for what was to become debut EP ‘Embrace The Future’. After countless sessions the duo landed on what has now become their signature sound, fusing synths, programmed beats with the soft and crooney baritone vocals of Juhl.
Better Person’s enigmatic stage presence is matched by his elusiveness as a recording artist: while he’s already toured with the wonderful Canadians TOPS and Timber Timbre, and as keyboard/guitarist with Sean Nicholas Savage, at six tracks It’s Only You is his longest release, encompassing the critically acclaimed singles “Sentiment” and “I Wake Up Tired.”
While the EP’s sonic touchstones – torch songs, Sade, Arthur Russell, synthed-up European and Japanese pop from the 80s, French and Italian movie soundtracks – are all unimpeachably romantic, there’s a more Romantic undercurrent of isolation that begins from the way It’s Only You was made – all recorded on a computer at home. Byczkowski brings to the fore an aspect of the recent embrace of New Romantic soundscapes and R&B emoting: crooning as a form of self-seduction, a kind of therapy, an impossible compromise between the irreconcilable poles of intimacy and isolated self-sufficiency. The title itself casually, elegantly captures the paradoxical phase shift which occurs when the movement toward closeness becomes a plunge into solitude. It’s Only You is the sound of turning down the mood lighting so low you’re no longer sure if anyone else is there.