von Konow – “Cosmic”

von Konow - "Cosmic"

von Konow – “Cosmic”

Von Konow, the Finnish art-rock project of Marko von Konow, is slated to release its debut album, Lieder, on January 13, 2017.  The project has dropped its first single, “Cosmic”, with an accompanying music video, in mid-October.

Marko von Konow (vocals, keyboards, programming), who is a classically-trained musician and visualist, created and produced Lieder with contributions from Timo Vikkula (guitars), Tommi Pietiläinen (guitars), Paco Halonen (bass), Jari Kääriäinen (keyboards), and Ville Särmä (drums).  The album sonically and thematically balances between light and dark, with von Konow blending melodic pop and orchestral instrumentation with edgier rock accents in the vein of Depeche Mode.

Upbeat lead single “Cosmic” travels through synth-pop terrain, but is also influenced by classical orchestral music and stage musicals.  Marko von Konow sings with a shade of David Gahan to his voice among brightly plucked notes, sporadic handclaps, drawn-out symphonic lines, and a rapid thumping drum beat.  As the orchestral arrangement swells, von Konow declares optimistically, “I know it’s true / You are the muse / You show me the way.”