Premiere: Lemaitre Attracts a Carful of Crazy in “Big” Video

Premiere: Lemaitre Attracts a Carful of Crazy in “Big” Video

The rising Norwegian-born electronic duo go for a ridiculous ride through crazy town in the exclusive VMAN premiere.

The rising Norwegian-born electronic duo go for a ridiculous ride through crazy town in the exclusive VMAN premiere.

Text: Jake Viswanath

I swear there’s something in the Scandinavian waters. The latest export to break out on the American music scene is Norwegian-born electronic duo Lemaitre, composed of Ketil Jensen and Ulrik Denizou Lund, who has already garnered buzz with the uber-catchy melodies and shimmering new wave synths found on their debut album Chapter One and an array of EPs, remixes, and collaborations with heavyweights like The Knocks and Stanaj. Today, they return with new single “Big”, an anthemic, slow-churning electro-rock tune that’s very reminiscent of the Beatles (that outro is straight out of Paul McCartney’s songbook) and reflects a more organic and instrumental approach to their glossy sound.

“We were all on a Beatles vibe that day and wanted to try something that kind of sounded like that, but also sounded electronic and fresh,” Jansen said about the recording the tune. “There are a lot of weird, out-of-tune sounds in the song, but big electronic drums playing the backbeat. For the outro, we played our own brass instruments (we can’t really play), to get a fun vibe going.  The lyrics are about my parents’ late dogs, Ms. Big, and Mr. Small, and feelings around loss, and how someone so small can make such a big impact. It also came out of an idea that you don’t really die until you are forgotten, so if I wrote a song about them, they would kind of still be around.”

The video, premiering on VMAN, shows Jansen and Lund acting as pseudo Uber drivers who attract the most bizarre and comedically inconsiderate passengers (I hope their rating is a full five stars) Director Johannes Greve Muskat recalls, “Ulrik and I had an idea to make this video around six years ago and we were finally able to make it. We both love Jim Jarmusch and especially the film Night on Earth, which inspired the video. Ketil and Ulrik play the role of Kharon, ferryman of Hades in Greek mythology. So it’s a crossover episode. I had a fantastic time making this as everyone starring in it are friends of ours, and we love them for putting up with 104° temps in the car.”

It’s definitely a family affair, albeit one of most pleasantly strange ones this side of the Brady Bunch. Watch the pleasant madness for yourself below.

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