You probably heard of Mikkel Holm Silkjær as a frontman of the brilliant Danish post-punk outfit Yung, but on his debut solo record as Holm he opens up as he never did before.
On Why Don’t You Dance? (the title is inspired by the short story of the same name by Raymond Carver) he reflects on personal worryings which result in his strongest lyrical work to date. It is complemented well by the richly detailed, powerful music. It sounds brighter than his main group’s material but not less melancholic and thoughtful — some of the tracks are perfect guitar pop examples and some go into a more folky or gloomy directory.
The engaging, smart, and confident release marks a fantastic continuation to Mikkel’s solo career, and knowing how prolific is he, hopefully we are in for a lot more soon.