Live Free Or Die
DL Clang 030
Release date: October 23
Compositions: Rasmus Vestervig
Recorded: 2013-2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Performer: All instruments by 99 Blows, except vocals on Dar Es Salaam by Emil Bovbjerg
This is 99 Blows’ second release of 2015 and the Copenhagen based artist presents us with four diverse pieces, yet in the same vibe of his first release on clang – spacious, dreamy and melodic electronic music that soothes the soul.
The title Live Free Or Die is inspired by a New Hampshire license plate and pretty much sums up a life on the road in search of freedom in life and music. But this can create Second Thoughts on how exactly to live your life, particularly when you wake up at 6am and go into the studio, as was the case with this track.
The instrumental version of Dar Es Salaam was released in 2013 on Sound of Copenhagen #12, but the addition of vocals by the Brooklyn-based singer Emil Bovbjerg of the band Bowmont shifted the track into a different vein.
The cover also has a story of its own as it is an old photo of the artist’s grandparents roaming the seas around Denmark a long time ago. Something they apparently passed on to their grandson as he often finds peace of mind on the sea, for instance catching the Scandi Sunrise.