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Copenhagen, Capital Region, Denmark | INDIE

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"Various Reviews"

Here is a few quotes from the Danish press reviewing the album "The Rail Train, The Meadow, The Freeway and The Shadows"
released September 2008.

Berlingske tidende: The Sound of a song-writing talent that has found its shape. Powerful! *****

BT: Kira has never sounded better. She deserves an audience all over the globe.*****

Soundvenue: "A distinguished talent" ****

Information: Kiras new album suits her. Her new band The Ghost Riders suits her. Her song-writing partner Nicolai Munch-Hansen suits her. The new songs suits her voice. It all is becoming.

Review in the independent Oct. 2007 Kira, Metro, London
By Pierre Perrone.

It's hard to make an impression when you're first on at Metro, the basement venue that showcases new talent, but the Danish singer Kira does just that. Launching into the brooding "Save Me", she grabs the audience's attention right away.

With her high cheekbones and dark hair, Kira Skov – her full name – oozes sex appeal. She's more feral than kittenish, though, and straps an electric guitar on for "Pressure", which combines the best elements of the Velvet Underground, The Cramps, Echo & The Bunnymen and PJ Harvey. When she yearningly sings "I've been waiting for you" in "Skating Your Pool", there is a simmering, bewitching intensity about her delivery.

"Skating Your Pool" is Kira's debut UK release for Brown Punk, the label launched by Tricky with the help of Chris Blackwell. It's easy to see why they have compared her soul punk sound to Janis Joplin (though someone with a more encyclopaedic knowledge may mention Gayle McCormick of Smith, the late Sixties American band whose take on "Baby It's You" has recently been included by Quentin Tarantino on the Death Proof soundtrack). Mind you, The White Stripes are never far from anyone's mind.

"Losing You", Kira's signature tune with The Kindred Spirits, her previous band, wows the Danish expats, but it's her voodoo-like rendition of "Make a Man" that sticks in the mind. It's on a par with Tina Turner's Acid Queen in Tommy. The amazing thing about Kira is that, unlike so many current acts, she lives up to these comparisons.

New Album!
"Kira Skov is the kind of rock diva that comes around once, maybe twice in a generation and she held the stage, as if trying to transform the underground space into a packed stadium by force of will. in spite of being pressed by an instrument-heavy mix, this cat-like singers tremulous, soulful alto, seemed always to be moving in on its prey, and demanding it be a worthy capture." Globe and Mail, Canadian music week, March 4th, 2006.

Kira And The Kindred Spirits: * * * * * (5/6) ”Less is more, and Kira & The Kindred Spirits lived happily ever after in the charts…” - Berlingske Tidende (nationwide newspaper)

***** (5/6) “a damn strong Spring sign of an album.” - Politiken (nationwide newspaper)

* * * * * (5/6) “Even better… again. Kira & The Kindred Spirits have come to stay.” - B.T. (nationwide newspaper)

* * * * (4/6) “Competent Kira. Kira Skov possesses both charisma and strong vocal chords as well as an extraordinary tight playing band.” - Ekstra Bladet (nationwide newspaper)

* * * * (4/6) “a devil-may-care attitude as seldom seen on the Danish rock scene.” - Soundvenue (music magazine)

* * * * (4/6) “with the band producer Tore Johansson has created a rock-symphonic production with view to the wide open spaces.” - Jyllands Posten (nationwide newspaper)

* * * * (4/6) “Changing arrangements, excellent band work and more facets to Kira Skov’s singing makes for a playful cool and clear style.” - MetroXpress (nationwide newspaper)

This Is Not An Exit: Gaffa: *****, BT: *****, Woman:***** Jyllandsposten:**** Berlingske tidende:****

Happiness Saves Lives: Gaffa:****, Jyllandsposten:*****, Gyllendal:******

"Live the music proved to be of a different intense and sensual nature. Carried out by a singer who is remarkably at one with her material. With enormous shifts between the possessed, the sincere and the physically explosive, Kira Skov is, with her great vocal repertoire, a natural talent of the rarest kind. It is very hard not to be impressed with the young Danish gypsy. Kira Skov, with her limber body and vocal-cords will reach great heights, if she can keep the intensity". Politikens review of the concert at Rust, Copenhagen.

"Kira and the kindred Spirits are a such an overwhelming experience in the lands of torn up blues and salty rock'n'roll, for all open wounds and naked vulnerability, that you wish to protect the band and yourself from all thinkable wrongs. You also wish to proclaim, that it must be insanity to place a band that would make The White Stripes pale and The Kills see a shrink on such an insignificant stage. "Erik Jensen, Politikens review of a concert at Midtfyns festival, summer 2003.
...... - The Globe and Mail, The Independent, Various Danish publications.


"Happiness saves lives" 11 song CD/LP release 2002
"This is not an exit", 12 song CD/LP release 2005
"Kira and the kindred Spirits", 12 song CD/LP release 2006.
"Faith" , The Gospel, 10 song CD/LP release 2006
"The rail tran, the meadow the freeway and the shadows" , 11 song CD/LP release 2008

Songs that received massive radio airplay counts:

Turn me on and Losing you of "This is not and exit".
Seldom lost, Something to do and Strangest thing I ever saw of "Kira and the Kindred Spirits.

Riders of the freeway ( won a Danish academy award for Best song of the year in the film frygtelig lykkelig 2009) and consider this of "The rail train the meadow the freeway and the shadow"



Kira was born in Copenhagen, but left Denmark at the age of 17, to join her first rockband. "I have always felt like a stranger in almost every society, a true misfit", Kira once stated in an interview with one of Denmarks leading news-papers, Politiken. Its that peculiar part in searching for something. You can get mixed up in all kinds of trouble, in strange countries far away, returning, tired and weak only to discover that what you went out looking for was right where you started. This was what happened to Kira Skov. She was just 17, when she left the seemingly safe suburbia of her childhood to travel to London and Los Angeles. She spend the following 8 years of her life traveling like a modern day gypsy, with her former Rock'n'roll band Butterfly Species, before returning home. Kira dived into the therapeutic benefits of song-writing, drawing from her personal experiences of relationships and her life on the road, she created a musical world of her own, with a rough edge and moody tales, in a style which she her self labelled “soul punk”, since none of the obvious categories fit. Shortly after, the band Kira and the Kindred Spirits was formed. In the summer of 2002, they release their debut album: "Happiness saves lives". An album consisting of deeply personal songs, recorded in a low-fi, unpretentious form with an unmasked intensity revealing the sad tales of Kira’s wild adventures. .

They immediately caught people’s attention and reaped great reviews that only got better as the band started touring the country.. Five years on, the band split in 2007, after releasing 3 albums in Denmark. In this period, Kira also found time for a side-project, called The Gospel, co-written and produced by Tore Johansson (Franz Ferdinand, Cardigans est.). He also produced “This is not an exit” and “Kira and the Kindred Spirits”. Throughout this period, she played more than 300 concerts, to great critical acclaim. In 2007 she received a Grammy for “Best female Vocalist”, as well as receiving an award from Denmark’s largest music-magazine Gaffa, voted by their readers. She also appears in Trickys directorial debut, a mocumentary of the making of his new label BrownPunk. During the winter of 2007/08 Kira returns to the studio and records her most recent album, “The Rail Train, The Meadow, The Freeway and The Shadows”, this being her fifth studio album in 6 years! Her new band, The Ghost Riders (Ned Ferm, Nicolai Munch Hansen, Silas Tinglef, Oliver Hoiness) are formed during this period and they all produce the album together. During the Spring of 2008 Kira travels to L.A to mix the album with Mark Howard. (Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Lucinda Williams etc.). She then returns to Europe and joins Tricky as guest vocalist on his world tour, playing shows in both Russia, Japan, Korea, Australia and most of Europe, before returning back to Copenhagen. In mid October, Kira releases her latest album "The rail train, the meadow, the freeway and the shadows" in Denmark and reaps great reviews, before going back on the road for a small tour of Denmark.

To be continued…