Simian Ghost (SWE)
Simian Ghost is an alternative pop act from Sandviken, Sweden. It started as a recording project by musician and visual artist Sebastian Arnström. The debut album, Infinite Traffic Everywhere, was received with blog praise and excellent reviews, topping the Critics Chart in Sweden and was voted Record Of The Year by the readers of Dagensskiva.se.
The second album, Youth, was released 2012 to great critical acclaim. It was licensed in the UK to the independend label Heist or Hit Records and was met with enthusiasm from BBC, The Guardian and others.
On the third record, The Veil, the band wanted to test the barriers of how much brilliant pop the album format can hold, with no less than 18 tracks, ranging from very immediate pop songs like Never Really Knew and Scattered And Careless, to more introspective and suggestive tracks like the 8 minute long The River Ouse.
Simian Ghost originally performed live as a trio, consisting of Sebastian on vocals and electronics, his brother Erik Klinga on drums and Mathias Zachrisson on guitar, (both members of Light Vibes). More recently, they have added two new live members, Maja Agnevik on additional vocals and Wilhelm Magnusson on bass. Simian Ghost has toured in UK, Germany, France, USA and all over the Nordic region. They have shared stages with the likes of Mount Kimbie, SBTRKT, Niki & The Dove and Tony Buck. In 2014 they played SxSW in Austin as well as CMJ in New York.
"Simian Ghost is by far one of Sweden's most interesting pop acts to come out this year. We're currently covering our bodies in coconut butter and hoping that they'll shine some more sunlight into our dark lives..." ‐ NOISEY/VICE (Video premiere)
"The results are startling. The band really nails that somnambulist, neo‐psychedelia which runs through Broadcast's most powerful moments, but with an identity of their own. Respectful but not reverential, it's an interesting look at Keenan's legacy." ‐ CLASH MAGAZINE
"A miserabilist indie anthem!" ‐ THE GUARDIAN (Single premiere)
"Perfect for Sundays" ‐ PIGEONS AND PLANES
"Simian Ghost return with stunning new track" ‐ ALTSOUNDS
"The ‘Ghost have managed to perfect the art of fitting happy, smiling sunshine sounds into a 3+ minute song format, and this is no exception, defying even the grumpiest soul not to crack a smile upon hearing this ear treat." ‐ JAJAJA
"Brought them to our infamous Our/Berlin Music Week this fall, can’t stop and had to make them Artist of the
Week" ‐ NORDIC BY NATURE (Artist of the week)
"Replete with honeyed harmonies and swooned by the affectionate caress of sun bathed sea breezes..." ‐ GOD