Kim Janssen

“Ambitious, delightful” – The Guardian (UK)

Kim Janssen was born in the Netherlands but raised in Asia, spending most of his childhood in Bangkok and Phnom Penh and his teenage years in Kathmandu.

After the premiere for ‘Bottle Rockets’ by The Line Of Best Fit (UK) and single ‘Gouldians’, Kim’s new album ‘Cousins’ will be released internationally on March 31st on Snowstar Records.
‘Cousins’, is a pop album, swinging in tone from dark to blinding technicolor, with glossy synths, huge orchestral arrangements and Kim’s vocal – at times a Bill Callahan-esque croon, at times a soaring falsetto. Dark strings and steel swells surround hushed ballads and bursts of maximalist pop, as Kim threads memories of Loi Krathong nights, earthquake drills and political turbulence into a domestic landscape of front yards, birthday parties and chinese restaurants.

Filled with idiosyncrasies, triumphs and tragedies, ‘Cousins’, is a personal account, about looking back and growing older, about longing and displacement, spiritual doubt, dedication, and obsession. Recorded across two years and several studios, the album features contributions from Marla Hansen (Sufjan Stevens, The National) and Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson (Sigur Rós) and was mixed by Chris Coady (Beach house, Future Islands) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Blood on the Tracks, Graceland).

This is what the press had to say about his first full band show at showscase festival Eurosonic Noorderslag:
“A grandiose set that the likes of Matt Berninger and Sufjan Stevens would be proud of” – Drowned in Sound

“A great show…that only an idiot would miss”– 3voor12
“Near perfect, go see this show” – OOR
“Pastoral beauty” – NRC
“Impressive show” – Trouw

Kim Janssen

Kim Janssen
18 Aug 2018

Acoustic Summer
Düsseldorf DE

Kim Janssen
26 Aug 2018

Cultura nova
Heerlen

Kim Janssen
28 Aug 2018

TivoliVredenburg & de Peppel presenteren in de Slottuin w/Tim Knol
Zeist NL

Kim Janssen
01 Sep 2018

Epop
Epe NL

Kim Janssen
01 Nov 2018

Patronaat
Haarlem NL

Kim Janssen
02 Nov 2018

KAF
Almere

Kim Janssen
04 Nov 2018

Paard
Den Haag NL

Kim Janssen
30 Nov 2018

Fluor w/Great Lake Swimmers
Amersfoort NL

Kim Janssen
07 Dec 2018

Asteriks
Leeuwarden NL

Kim Janssen
08 Dec 2018

15 jaar snowstar Utrecht
Utrecht NL

Kim Janssen
13 Dec 2018

Mezz
Breda NL

Kim Janssen
14 Dec 2018

15 jaar snowstar Groningen

Kim Janssen
21 Dec 2018

Gebr. de Nobel
Leiden NL