Darkness Falls are the new Danish duo that electronic producer Trentemøller has set his sights on. Josephine Philip (vocals, keyboards – you may recognise her haunting voice from Trentemøller’s ‘Even Though You’re With Another Girl’) and Ina Lindgreen (guitar, bass) release their self-titled debut EP next month, combining rock, punk, B-movie melodies and pop, enveloped in Josephine’s seductive, melancholy vocals. Gutter caught up with the girls via email to find out a bit more about them.

How did you meet and decide to start making music together?

We used to play together in an all-girl ska band called Favelachic. After Favelachic disbanded, Ina started [studying] at The National Film School of Denmark and Josephine put out an album with Ane Trolle under the name of JaConfetti. One day we were sitting, sipping white wine and talking about music, our likes and dislikes, and found that we were both curious about the same sound and sentiment. We decided on the spot that we would start working together again and that we would go into the studio with open eyes and ears.

How do you split songwriting duties?

Usually Josephine writes the lyrics and creates the compositions, and Ina brings the guitar themes and ideas, we finish the songwriting and final tune together.

Your first EP contains a mixture of pop, punk and cinematic music. Who would you say are your musical influences?

We both have a very eclectic taste in music. Our inspiration is very diverse; Joy Division, Nancy Sinatra, Jesus & Mary Chain, Sunn ((o)) and the Beach Boys, we could keep on going…

The four songs on the EP are very distinct, if you were to pick the ideal place and time for them to be played, what would it be?

When Darkness Falls.

You’ve both been involved in other projects where you’ve covered ska, rock, and dance music respectively, what will you be tackling on your upcoming album?

We feel that we have created a sound and feeling that is very much ours. It might sound like a cliché, but for the first time, it feels right, because we are not sure, we are nervous and excited. In our music there is something for the mind, something for the heart and something for the feet.

Denmark’s most famous musical exports include Trentemøller, Alphabeat and… Aqua. Is there a Danish “sound”?

Not really, we have a very diverse music scene here and right now it seems that there is a new class graduating from the underground. You should come here and check it out.

What is next in the pipeline for you?

Bring our EP to as many people as possible and finish our full length album, go on tour all over the world (we hope) and keep challenging ourselves.

Darkness Falls is out on HFN Music on March 7th.

Listen to the whole EP here.

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