In the video of their live performance at Paleo Festival last year, the six members of Len Sander perform under a huge bright LSD light. "It was a kind of spontaneous delirium because those are the letters in our name and we make a quite trippy music. Some people are sometimes surprised to learn that we do not take that many drugs!” Sophisticated electronic textures, heady rhythms, mysterious voices, Len Sander hovers somewhere between Kim Wilde and Lana del Rey. A mystified past and an ethereal future in line with their desires for dance friendly rhythms and love songs.
With two albums, several EPs, five video clips and a career taking off beyond the Sarine, they still remain rather unknown in French-speaking Switzerland. Blame the damn Röstigraben, (literally the ‘rösti ditch’, a humorous term used to describe the cultural boundary between the French and German-speaking parts of Switzerland). "It's true that there’s a border to cross, which isn’t easy and takes a while. The Romands prefer a rock sound, as in Sandor, which we like a lot too. The Germanic side is more inclined to like clean electronic pop". Their producer/keyboardist, Al Hug, has nonetheless passed through the Lausanne HEMU school where he completed his professional training in the jazz department: "I come from hip hop, down tempo, trip hop. I like structures and arranging rhythms". Blanka sings her way through very personal texts but also has the talent of thinking up a song and its visual history at the same time, inserting an emotional element into the digital.
Len Sander - Woman On The Run
"It's something we've all talked about from the start, this desire to mix the organic and inorganic". A formula that often has to fight with the music business, where it is so "difficult to know if we are making the right move. Everything changes very quickly. It’s a real challenge to reach people, that’s to say, to be in this big promotional machine while remaining as artistically integral as possible”. Listening to their latest album The Future of Lovers, Len Sander seems to have found the best compromise possible.
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