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Copenhagen, Capital Region, Denmark | SELF

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SAKARIS @ Spæliplássið

Syðrugøta, None, Faroe Islands

Syðrugøta, None, Faroe Islands

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First up, the Faroe Islands are a quirky, sheep-dappled Danish dependency but their boy SAKARIS isn’t conforming to any stereotypes: rather than rustic remote soundscapes he plays pleasingly sharp electropop, on a big old keytar. Unexpected. - Si Hawkins, Clash Music

One of the many brilliant Faroese acts I saw at last weekend’s G! Festival, producer SAKARIS' facebook page describes his music as sending “the listener straight into a happy computer universe where 16-bit is the dominant technology”. Lyrics, it adds, come across “as if the Super Nintendo characters have left their adventurous worlds and have been struck by everyday reality and its problems”.
As well as being up there with the best things I’ve ever read in any artist biog, all that is actually a reasonably good description of how SAKARIS sounds on record. I’m always particularly drawn to pop with downbeat lyrics, and someone who has a song with lush electronic production called I'm Incredibly Depressed is about as far down that road as it’s possible to get.
Debut album I Have Beautiful Eyes features very layered production, taking some elements of the more mainstream end of current dance music and applying them with a more subtle touch to 80s-influenced songs. Live, with Joensen joined by a three-piece band, that 80s influence becomes even more pronounced – aided by the constant presence of a bright white keytar.
Highlights from his arsenal of tracks include In a Box and Pixieboy, though the one that most grabbed me is the album’s title track, I Have Beautiful Eyes, featuring vocals from Greta Svabo Bech, who was previously heard on Deadmau5's Raise Your Weapon. - Andy Malt, CMU

After this it's back over to the astro turf stage to see SAKARIS, a hotly tipped act with their debut album I Have Beautiful Eyes having just been released.
What follows is a half hour extravaganza of keytars, electronic drum kits and general getting on down. Complete brilliance from start to finish. No need to move stages then as Frostfelt are up next. Sounding not unlike Chris Martin, vocalist Líggjas Olsen soon has the crowd going with ‘Wake You Up’ & ‘I Have A TV Set’ . Another brilliant performance. Both of these acts have very bright futures. - Emmett Mullaney, State

Best of all are electro-poppers SAKARIS, a sort of sprightly cross between a-ha, Jesus Jones and MGMT. A great band. - Kieron Tyler, The Arts Desk

But the highlight for me was a pair of fantastic electronic acts called SAKARIS and Frostfelt. Their gentle, personal songs have perhaps the most obvious appeal to a wider UK audience, but don't seem out of place in Syðrugøta, slotting perfectly into the festival's diverse bill. - Duncan Geere, Wired UK


Darling EP (2010) - Features the single "In a Box", which peaked at #1 on the faroese charts for 2 weeks, and stayed on the charts for a total of 6 weeks.

I Have Beautiful Eyes (2012) - Features the single "I Have Beautiful Eyes" with vocals by Greta Svabo Bech (Deadmau5, Raise Your Weapon)



"Darling EP" marks the sparkly debut of electropop composer SAKARIS. A small but varied collection of songs, "Darling EP" showcases the young faroese electrowizard's foray into a wide range of styles and genres. But even when juggling between electropop, boogie, funk, 80s glam and hip-hop, SAKARIS always keeps things light, sparkly and fresh. From the pure joy of the stomp 'n clap faroese charttopper "In a Box", to the almost hilariously tragic, pad-driven "I'm Incredibly Depressed", SAKARIS marks himself as a seriously competent upcommer on the electronic scene.

Behind the name SAKARIS, is 25 years old faroese musicmaker Sakaris Emil Joensen. Always feeling horribly misplaced in the remote and lonely Faroe Islands, Sakaris spent most of his youth longing for the japanese manga craziness, the snoody clubbing environment, the ultra hip british indie music scene and all the other fantastic international delights he'd seen on TV, that his small, old-fashioned native country simply didn't offer. Along came the computer, the internet and endless oppurtunities. An accomplished videogame enthusiast, Sakaris went straight ahead and started composing primitive MIDI music along the lines of his favourite japanese videogames. As technology advanced, opportunities arose, and before long, Sakaris found himself combining his geeky videogame roots with a more accessible electro/indie sound.

From the comfy, creative space behind his laptop in his room, to the head-on party on a live stage, SAKARIS continues to expand his absurd cocktail of geeky videogame music and perfectly acceptable mainstream electropop.