Jacob Faurholt (born November 6, 1978) is one of Denmark’s most prolific songwriters. Now based in Copenhagen Faurholt releases music both solo and under the moniker Crystal Shipsss. His music ranges from lo-fi home recordings, 90es inspired indie rock to ambient drone metal.
A Lake of Distortion, Faurholt’s 6th solo album, is a collection of fragile folk songs and fuzzy lo-fi pop carefully sequenced to work as a whole. It consists of 10 twisted love songs filled with joy and anxiety. The album was mainly written, recorded & mixed in Faurholt’s bedroom (in between work and other daily obligations) and the intimacy and urgency from that setting is apparent throughout the album. After recording the basic tracks Faurholt invited musician friends to work on the songs, among others Soren Brothers (Man Meets Bear), William Kudahl (Infants), Claus Frøhlich (Younolovebunny), Samuel Gray (Sam Gray Singing) and Jens Christian Madsen (Tjaere+Fjer). The recorded tracks were exchanged between them by e-mail. The albums short, melodic and fragile songs draws references to Bee Thousand era Guided By Voices, early Sparklehorse, and Daniel Johnston who is namedropped on the albums last song “Listening To Devil Town”.
"Faurholt combines a tight drumbeat with quirky vocals and fuzz-pop guitar stylings, perfect for any fan of bedroom pop or 90s fuzz sentiment. Fans of Daniel Johnston, (Sandy) Alex G, or The Front Bottoms will like this one."
"The lo-fi song is reminiscent of alternative indie pop artists like Sparklehorse and Neutral Milk Hotel, but with his own brand of catchy and exciting uniqueness."
"Lo-fi fuzzy noise pop that seems to be equally inspired by Husker Du and C86? Yes, please."
"A tidy 10 song jaunt into indie-pop brightness. Influences are a lot more broad than past offerings – but you can tell Jacob is definitely painting on the same canvas as 2000s indie greats such as Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips and Guided By Voices."