– Headline tour dates announced
– New album ‘1982’ out November 3rd on City Slang
Fresh off tour with Grizzly Bear, today LIIMA share a second track & video from their forthcoming album ‘1982’ (outNovember 3rd on City Slang) and announce a European headline tour.
The Danish-Finnish group, featuring the three members of Efterklang alongside drummer Tatu Rönkkö, share this latest cut “2-Hearted”, with front man Casper Clausen commenting: “2-Hearted is about a conflict of the love for 2 different directions – wanting 2 different people or opposite directions in life at the same time, and to find an acceptance within the situation rather than a choice. We wrote this song in Viseu, Portugal at the Jardins Efemeros Festival. It’s the first song we have made using the often-damned auto-tune effect. We feel the auto-tune contra the clean vocal fits the duality of this song.”
London-based Greek artist and photographer Mariana Bisti directed the accompanying video. The clip is based on an original work of hers called “wěndìng fánróng” (mandarin for stability & prosperity) which was filmed as part of a 10-week stay in Hong Kong as an artist-in-residence. The empty facades of architecture and recurring symmetry echo the dystopian themes, questioning of human identity and contrast between the personal and the impersonal that is present throughout the eight tracks on ‘1982’.
In the year 1982, Time Magazine chose the first ever non-human “person of the year”; the Personal Computer. It’s also the year that Liima’s Casper Clausen was born, with the other three band members born in the surrounding years. Though ‘1982’ is not an album that tries to mimic the sounds of that year, it is an album borne of influences and circumstances that stem back to that point in time. It’s an album that sees the band questioning the concept of identity and our place in time – as much an album of existential questioning and of looking forward as it is of nostalgia and reflection.
Liima was born as much of breaking old habits as building new habits, and their second album, ‘1982’, provides a masterclass in pushing beyond one’s established comfort zones.
Like its predecessor, ‘1982’ was written during four residencies, beginning in January, 2016 – before Liima’s debut‘ii’ was even released – at The London Edition, where Casper Clausen, Rasmus Stolberg, Mads Brauer and Tatu Rönkkö worked in a club in the hotel’s basement, sometimes watched by small crowds, much as PJ Harvey was during the making of The Hope Six Demolition Project at London’s Somerset House.
They reassembled at another hotel in Copenhagen before embarking upon tours of North America, South America, and Europe. Even then, they’d reconvene between trips to continue work, first in the less glamorous surroundings of a music conservatory in Viseu, Portugal, in July 2016, then, finally, in August, at Berlin’s Michelberger Hotel. By the time they gathered in Mankku Studios in Porvoo – again in the Finnish countryside – Liima were more than ready to begin recording with Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor as co-producer.
‘1982’ finds Liima – musically and lyrically – exploring themes that shaped their youth while looking forward to a future in times that feel as uncertain as they ever might have been, and in which we all struggle to find our identity. “Finding values of life, giving up on values of life… Our civilisation, our way of life and our liberal thinking is threatened and challenged…” Clausen muses. “I say our time, but could it be MY time, MY age. Was it like that for my father when he was 35 years old? I’m wondering, I guess the album is wondering.”
Here, amidst the contemplation and questioning, the band stake their claim firmly to both their new name and their new sound. For a band originally founded upon enthusiastic acts of spontaneity, ‘1982’ represents a huge, sophisticated leap forward. The decision to form Liima may have been as bold and radical as their new sound, but the consequences speak for themselves.
Liima European tour dates:
31-Oct – Festsalen Aarhus Katedralskole – Aarhus, DK
02-Nov – Hard Rock House (Release Party show) – Helsinki, FI – info
29-Dec – Garaj – Istanbul, TR – info
16-Jan – Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg (GER) – info
17-Jan – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin (GER) – info
18-Jan – UT Connewitz, Leipzig (GER) – info
20-Jan – Strom, Munich (GER) – info
21-Jan – B72, Vienna (AT) – info
22-Jan – Magnolia, Milano (IT) – info
23-Jan – Rockwoche Festival, Zurich (CH) – info
24-Jan – Hasard Ludique, Paris (FR) – info
25-Jan – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam (NL) – info
26-Jan – Blue Shell, Cologne (GER) – info
27-Jan – AB Club, Brussels (B) – info
30-Jan – The Lantern, Bristol (UK) – info
31-Jan – Soup Kitchen, Manchester (UK) – info
01-Feb – Summerhall, Edinburgh (UK) – info
02-Feb – Oslo, London (UK) – info
03-Feb – Grasnapolsky Festival, Radio Kootwijk (NL) – info
1. 1982 (official video)
2. David Copperfield
3. Life is Dangerous
4. People Like You
5. 2-Hearted (official video)
6. Kirby’s Dream Land
7. Jonathan, I Can’t Tell You
8. My Mind is Yours