Late last week, a version of the image above was put out by Mind Of A Genius, the burgeoning Los Angeles songwriting powerhouse, record label and all-encompassing creative collective. It caused a stir, because they’ve got previous in this kind of thing: They’re the people behind global sensations Gallant and ZHU, both of whom were launched on the unsuspecting world in similarly secretive movements before going onto have impressive mainstream success.
Their setup is reportedly still really DIY – a couple of offices next to each other in a nondescript part of downtown serve as their nucleus, and the place where tracks get written, acts get signed and magic happens.
Certainly, in today’s NMOTD case, there’s something magical going on. ‘Hostage’ by Klangstof sounds like the more shimmering moments of pre-bloopy Radiohead, if they had aligned themselves with the production tendencies of Abel Tesfaye and the soaring beauty of all those Sigor Ros moments that make nature programmes so atmospheric.
Little is known about Klangstof, or Koen, although we are told he comes from the Norwegian wilderness and played bass in Dutch indie titans Moss before getting disillusioned about not being able to drive his own creations. Hence the Mind Of A Genius hook-up, and hence ‘Hostage’: