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First Listen: Indians, 'Somewhere Else'

Somewhere Else

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Søren Løkke Juul, who records and performs as Indians, releases Something Else on Jan. 29. Piper Ferguson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Søren Løkke Juul, who records and performs as Indians, releases Something Else on Jan. 29.

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The Danish singer and multi-instrumentalist who goes by the name Indians, a.k.a. Søren Løkke Juul, makes music that retains its intimacy even as it seems to sprawl out into space. On his first full-length album, Somewhere Else (out Jan. 29), he masters a kind of quiet adventurousness; it's remarkable headphone music that reaches both the heart and the loneliest reaches of the heavens.

Juul began performing as Indians in February 2012, and put out his first single even more recently than that, but he's already cultivated a delicate and distinct sound. He hits a few familiar indie-pop reference points as he works his way through Somewhere ElseBon Iver's wounded melancholy, The Shins' sweetly soaring grace — but Juul still finds a way to swirl them all together, seal the mix in a time capsule and send it hurtling into the cosmos.

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