Interview with Copenhagen’s Jonas Rose

Jonas Rose is a singer-songwriter based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He plays most instruments and can also sing beautifully. He believes that he is most strong as a bass player. His songwriting must not fall far behind then. When Jonas plays a solo concert he plays acoustic guitar and sings. He brings effects pedals to create an ambient and airy sound. Rose says that he mostly writes love songs. Sæt dig” is the story of a distant lover. Jonas describes this song as a “plea.” He transcribes the Danish lyrics to “…sit down and spend a moment with me…”. Although American listeners may experience a language barrier, the emotions transcribe perfectly. You can feel the story through Rose’s soft vocals and soothing guitar strums.  

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Kys mig hvis du tør” is a pop song about a boy “being in love with a Muslim guy” and “how being gay is kind of prohibited, but they don’t care.” Jonas says the song means “Kiss me if you dare.” This is the song that feels more “in your face” and less ambient.

Our favorite track is “Den Tynde Hud.” When asking “What is this song about?” Jonas answered “Hm…Good question!” After thinking for a moment he confesses: “…it’s about having been hurt and now lying at home unable to sleep, unable to go out because you’re too scared and unable to call the person you want with you the most, because that’s the person who hurt you.”

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We highly recommend that you give this incredible indie artist a listen. You will be blown away by his harmonies and excellent guitar playing.
Below Jonas Rose covers “Without You” by David Guetta feat. Usher.

Keep up with his music: https://soundcloud.com/rosadk
Youtube: YouTube.com/jonasrosehoeg

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The Folk Voice We Love: Ben Stalets

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Ben Stalets, is a songwriting machine as he’s just released another set of songs on bandcamp. “Lost Songs” is a compilation of 1 single titled “Lost” and 5 demo songs. Ben says that these songs will fund “all things Ben Stalets” and we can almost be sure that there will be another record coming, it may even be in the works. Our favorite track on this tape is “Sweetly, Suzie.” Here at Rock The Pigeon, we love Ben’s rough folk ramble.

Listen to the new tracks:

https://benstalets.bandcamp.com/album/lost-songs

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“Make and Move” by Ariel Sabaj

Ariel Sabaj‘s “Make and Move” must be one of the most beautiful tracks we have heard all year. The lyrics tell the story of a couple that has once fallen for each other but it’s completely inevitable that they cannot realistically work well together. Even if you haven’t felt the heartache of this particular situation, Ariel will show you exactly how it feels. She is a true artist for this. The emotion in both her softly cooing voice and guitar is stinging to the heart. Her songs are absolutely beautiful, contagiously beautiful and we hope you will listen and let your soul feel the tingle.a4152794904_10

Step into her soul.
Listen here: Make and Move

Hot Springs, Arkansas: Opportunist

Opportunist is a hard-rock/post-punk band from Hot Springs, Arkansas. The four piece band formed in 2012 and released a record in January of 2013. We wanted to highlight their record “Vapor” this week. The guitars are the best part of this album. They are just the right amount of eerie behind the screaming vocals. The transitions in the songs are also very clean and also interesting. Check it out here: https://opportunist.bandcamp.com

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“op·por·tun·ist – A person who exploits circumstances to gain immediate advantage rather than being guided by principles or plans.”