The White Album / Ja Ja Ja (The Lexington)
Finnola D'Albert headed down to the Lexington to check out Denmark's latest hopes
Danish band The White Album are as enchanting as they are tricky to Google. As I stood at the back of a very crowded Lexington, struggling to get a good vantage point between the shoulders of the huge blonde Vikings that made up the majority of the fans, three very bearded men took to the stage, each armed with a guitar. There’s no bassist and no drummer, the boys create their rhythm section with stomp boxes and a kick drum, which works perfectly within their minimal acoustic (at times even Celtic) folk sound.
The packed room is suddenly silent as we all strain to hear the softly spoken Frederik Vedersø introduce the first song; the eerie, melody driven ‘Counting Treasures’. Their juxtaposition of electric and acoustic guitar has hints of Neil Young or The Band, with watertight intertwining of instruments (look out for mandolins and banjos as well as the swapping guitars) and breathy vocals. Each of the three members, Claus Arvad, Frederik Vedersø, Jakob Eilsø, have distinctly different voices, each taking the lead on different tracks, giving you the feeling that you’ve really not seen anything like this before, even though it fits within the recent folk revival. Each of them brings their own character to the tracks, changing the mood of the room instantly with a gentle control reminiscent of Jeff Buckley's commanding vocals.
After the beautiful ‘Your Mouth Is A Fist’ there was a pause hanging in the air between the song’s finish and the applause; the entire venue was captivated.
The White Album offer indie-folk, traditional-folk and even a cheeky nod towards heavier roots. Tracks like ‘Season’s End’ and ‘Your Mouth Is A Fist’ make the album well worth a listen.
The album 'Conquistador' is out now through Popular Recordings