Blaudzun

Blaudzun

 Bayonne, New Jersey, USA
BandAlternativeFolk

We are having a party and you are invited to enjoy with us.

Biography

This coming May, Dutch singer-songwriter Blaudzun will release his 3rd and most dynamic album to date - Heavy Flowers (V2 Benelux). On this record his remarkable voice, haunting melodies and dramatic string arrangements converge with a love for folk and art rock again surpassing his previous work.
Ever since the release of his debut album in 2008, singer-songwriter Johannes Sigmond goes by the name of Blaudzun. He surprised music fans and critics, and received rave reviews, which he was able to improve on with his second album Seadrift Soundmachine (2010). This second, widely acclaimed album and subsequent live shows created his definitive breakthrough in the Netherlands. His music has been likened to indie pop and folk rock and is aesthetically compared to Arcade Fire as well as to Ryan Adams and Antony & The Johnsons. The various comparisons show that it is difficult to stick just one label on this mans work.
2007 - 2008?
Johannes Sigmond (Arnhem, Netherlands - 1974) played for years in various bands and projects before he continued as a singer-songwriter in 2006. In 2007 as Blaudzun, a name taken from a relatively unknown Danish cyclist from the 70s, he was working on a special collection of songs, originally intended to be a soundtrack for a midnight car drive. He headed south to Barcelona to work on new material. In his residence near Amsterdam he recorded most of the songs in a small bedroom, while adding some sessions in several studios in the Netherlands and hotel rooms in Barcelona, Spain. Critics and music fans alike labeled his self-titled album (V2 Records, 2008) as a surprising and wonderful debut.
Blaudzun toured the Benelux countries that year including a slot at the Metropolis Festival while also supporting Norwegian singer Ane Brun and Mark Eitzel's American Music Club.
2009
?In September 2009 he finished recording Seadrift Soundmachine (V2 Records, 2010) during sessions with The City of Prague Orchestra - known for its film scores (Das Leben Der Anderen, and David Lynch Lost Highway). Blaudzun again wrote most of the songs in his beloved Barcelona and recorded in different studios in the Netherlands and Prague.
INDIEMUSE.COM:?"This is definitely one of the best releases of 2010."
NU.NL:?"It is a stunning successor - definitely and a must-have. Almost impossible to believe that he is Dutch. "
NIEUWE REVU:?"The sound of his album transcends all national boundaries, a richly arranged song like Sunshine Parade fits easily next to Arcade Fire."
2010 2011
?Blaudzun made big impressions at the major summer festivals in Holland, including Into The Great Wide Open and Lowlands. He ended the year with a sold out club tour. Heavy Flowers will be released in Holland in January and in Belgium in February of 2012. The rest of Europe will follow suit in May.

Lyrics

Flame On My Head

Written By: Blaudzun

I WANNA GO DOWN TO THE SEA AGAIN I WANNA GO TALK
I WANNA GO
DON’T KNOW WHEN
I WANNA GO
EVEN IF I’M SNOWED UP HOPE
I WANNA GO
I WANNA GO
SEEK YOUR HIDING PLACE
I WANNA GO FAR
I WANNA GO DOWN
FLAT FACE
I WANNA GROW OLD AND HOLD YOUR BODY NEXT TO ME
I WANNA GO UP
I WANNA GROW HAIR
I WANNA GO NOW
I WANNA GO MAD AND SHOUT IT OUT I WANNA GO
PEACE WILL HOLD
NO WAR WILL BRING ME DOWN
CARRIED AWAY BY THE GHOSTS IN YOUR BED DOES IT LOOK I GOT A FLAME ON MY HEAD
I WANNA GROW WINGS
I WANNA GO CHASING YOU I WANNA GO
TELL ME NOT TO DO (IT)
I WANNA GO
TAKE YOUR DOUBTS
I WANNA GO LOUD
SWEET SOUND MACHINE
I WANNA GO DOWN I WANNA GO SOUTH I WANNA GO HOME I WANNA GO
HEAR THE NORTH WIND BLOW I WANNA GO
PEACE WILL HOLD
NO WAR
WILL BRING ME DOWN
CARRIED AWAY BY THE GHOSTS IN YOUR BED DOES IT LOOK I GOT A FLAME ON MY HEAD YOU’LL BE THE LAUGHTER AND I’LL BE THE JOKE IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW FAR WE WILL GO
(BUT) DON’T WASTE YOUR HANDS ON THE TAMBOURINE GOODS

Elephants

Written By: Blaudzun

SHE LIVES IN MADHOUSES
IN WAR MUSEUMS TOO
SHE READS DINOSAUR BOOKS AND AND BOOKS ON JESUS TOO
SHE SINGS AT BIG TENT RALLY’S HER SMART TUNES GO
LA LA LA,LA LA LA
THE KEY TO THE CITY IS
IN THE WAY SHE MOVES TO ME
TO ME
SHE LIVES IN SHIPWRECKED CARS IN WHOREHOUSES TOO
SHE TALKS TO ELEPHANTS TRYING TO GET THEM TO...
SING A LONG, SING A LONG MY DARLING THE SMART KIDS GO
LA LA LA,LA LA LA
THE SECRET IN HER EYES
OH WHEN SHE LOOKS TO ME
TO ME
TO ME
TO ME
LA LA LA,LA LA LA LA LA LA,LA LA LA LA LA LA,LA LA LA LA LA LA,LA LA LA
SHE TALKS TO ELEPHANTS
TRYING TO GET THEM TO
SING A LONG, SING A LONG (MY DARLING)

Who Took The Wheel

Written By: Blaudzun

WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
DARK SPOTS ON THE GROUND BREAK-OFF BREAK-OFF ANOTHER GO AROUND
WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
SOME GOVERNMENT FORCE
(IT TAKES) TWENTY-TWO BULLETS TO CHANGE IT’S COURSE
WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
SOME MILITARY FORCE
(IT TAKES) SIXTY-FIVE LOVERS TO CHANGE IT’S COURSE
TO ALL THE GIFTED AND THE TROUBLED WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
(TO) THE DRIFTING AND THE COUPLED WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
DARK SPOTS ON THE GROUND BREAK-OFF BREAK-OFF ANOTHER GO AROUND
WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
SOME OUTER SPACE FORCE (JUST) LOG IN AND PRESS SEND TO MAKE IT YOURS
TO ALL THE GIFTED AND THE TROUBLED WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
(BOTH) THE DRIFTING AND THE COUPLED WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
HOW TO SURVIVE ALL WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
STILL CHASING TOMORROW WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
THE WHEEL
YOU KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE LOVED LIKE THIS YOU KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE SHOVED LIKE THIS YOU KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE CAGED LIKE THIS
TO ALL THE GIFTED AND THE TROUBLED WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
(BOTH) THE DRIFTING AND THE COUPLED WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
HOW TO SURVIVE ALL
WHO TOOK THE WHEEL STILL CHASING TOMORROW WHO TOOK THE WHEEL
THE WHEEL
OH, IT’S ALRIGHT

Discography

Albums:

Heavy Flowers 2012
Seadrift Soundmachine 2010
Blaudzun 2008

Singles:

Flame On My Head 2012
Solar 2012