Simplicity can be deceptive. Broken Twin’s music may be largely made up of piano, strings and Majke Voss Romme’s haunting vocals, but the debut album ‘May’ is a work of depth and beauty. Simplicity is key to its name, too. “I was looking for a title that was simple, and not giving too much away, reflecting the songs,” says the Danish auteur. “Also it represents a time of year that seems to fit the songs. Spring is a time when everything is changing. It’s a hopeful season.”
Though compromising just 10 songs, ‘May’ is compiled from more than three years of intensive songwriting and based on over 200 sketches recorded on laptops and phones. “I’m very compulsive when I’m working on songs,” says Majke. “Mostly I begin by improvising on piano or guitar, singing random words. It sounds like English but it’s not. I’m writing and recording all the time at the moment.”
Majke’s songs have recently caught the attention of Daughter, James Vincent McMorrow and Jens Lekman, all of whom handpicked her to tour with them. Broken Twin also supported Cat Power at a major show in Copenhagen last year. The B-side of ‘Sun Has Gone’ was a cover of Johnny Thunders’ ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory’, which is reflective of Majke’s wide-ranging influence. In teen years and on, her listening turned to singer-songwriters of a particular stripe: Leonard Cohen, Bill Callahan, Nico, Lou Reed, Nina Simone and cult Swedish singer-songwriter Stina Nordenstam.