Last updated on May 17, 2022
The Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte once said that art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist. Denmark’s Jacob Faurholt invites us into the garden with his hypnotic “Madness on the Rise” from Raw Onion Records.
Sonically simple, the song is the best example of production restraint to come along in some time. Emotive, controlled vocal delivery coincides with each heavy bass line that overwhelms the darkness. Faurholt’s lyrics are a descent into the mental twists of this songwriter’s genius. But that is just the start. Partnered with Trine Omø delivering ethereal backing vocals, the merging of Monty Python-esque cut-out animation and child-like wonder sets these surrealist visuals in motion. This is the stuff of nightmares, with its own haunting soundtrack.
Faurholt’s 10th studio album When the Spiders Crawl features twelve songs written and self-produced at the artist’s home studio, often capturing the essence of his music in the wee hours between sundown and dawn. The surreal “Madness on the Rise” and its video’s visual aesthetic complement the birth of the upcoming release.
A limited vinyl pre-order of When the Spiders Crawl is now available. —Lisa Whealy