What do you get when you combine the talents of veteran musicians Tom Golzen and Francis Nørgaard Jenson? You get North Ship – a Denmark-based duo breeding a new brand of alternative rock. Technically founded in 2013, North Ship has undergone many changes including style and lineup evolution. Moving from an atmospheric and soft acoustic-based sound, the pair now present a heavier, rock-influenced style.
While each musician has built an individual name in the music industry, North Ship has not gone unnoticed by listeners. Featured in KMS Reviews, The Wild Honey Pie, Music on the Moon, Unxined, iHeart Radio and various other online radio stations, the lads are turning heads on an international scale. The latest addition to their repertoire is ‘Good and Gone’.
Following their critically acclaimed single ‘No Man’s Land’, ‘Good and Gone’ is more upbeat in its approach. Yes, the ethereal ambience remains but this single seems to be more intense than the last – a little more rock than dream pop. According to Wild Honey Pie, North Ship have a “…dark and mysterious vibe…” to their sound and we couldn’t agree more! The dynamic drums flow melodically with the smooth guitar creating a whirlpool of sound with a hazy ambience. Yet, it is not the melody that completes the haunting nature of the song – it’s the vocals.
Executed superbly, Golzen’s vocals have darkness to the hushed tones. Creepy, but in a good way, his rich voice carries you off into a world of obscurity in which you easily lose yourself. According to North Ship, their attitude to songwriting is to “…make it sound simple, keep it rootsy, but try to experiment.” The eclecticism is clearly evident in the track with a combination of grittiness and delicacy.
Difficult to describe, but the closest I can come is to call ‘Good and Gone’ a psychedelic feast for the ears. Walking the line between dark insight and innocent fragility, North Ship has a unique and innovative sound. Breaking boundaries, this is a “feel song” because words simply don’t do it justice.