This one-man-band started in late 2012. Inspired by the sounds of the 60´s & 70´s, combined with a more modern feel, Ivan Boel Stenger started writing songs and with little effort he suddenly had a handful of songs that was beginning to define his new project: SKIN TUXEDO. Soon after starting this project Ivan got a record deal with Sliptrick Records and released the self-titled EP Skin Tuxedo on the 25th March 2013.
In June 2013 Jesper Dahlsgård joined the band on guitar and the 2 musicians started to work on a live set (acoustic). Now Skin Tuxedo has released the album titled, “Harlot Of The Night”.
Skin Tuxedo is a blessing for modern rock and roll, the project doesn’t succumb and conform to all the bland trends found so prominently in today’s music. The result is an album full of twisted guitars, trippy vocals, and eccentric song structures, sure to please even the most discriminating alternative rock fan.
From the sheer rock muscle of tunes like “With Patience…”, to, dare I say more pop fare like the great, “Expand Horizons”. The whole album works together to just give a kick in the pants to today’s bland rock music polluting the air.
There’s lots of musically pleasing stuff here, riff after riff, chord after gigantic chord, as the songs breezily sail forward, guitar-driven or piano-based, without one plain or unworthy musical moment occurring.
Ivan Boel Stenger, squeezes out pleasing, purely melodious song structures which emanate from his head, directly to his instruments. He changes his voice from normal to falsetto, capturing every song mood perfectly. Part of this album’s charm is its pervading darkness, underneath all the big guitars and organic pianos, exists attitude and bravado.
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Consistently strong and dynamic the whole way through, highlights include “Harlot Of The Night”, “Left In The Dark”, “Resonance Of A Nightmare” and “The Echo”. It is driving and intense, yet slow and hypnotic. The album as a whole puts you in a sort of mood-induced trance, and each track is just sonic ecstasy.
“Harlot Of The Night” treads the line between piano driven verses and gut-wrenching guitar-driven choruses. This album is what modern alternative rock should be; brash, adventurous, rooted in fat guitars and still have singable melodies.
I think Stenger is ahead of the curve and is not afraid to venture into new areas of storytelling backed by an atmospheric, sonic backdrop. The album is dark, unforgiving, and perfectly reflects the emotion of Stenger’s songs. His lyricism is also on point as the arrangements swing through a variety of moody sounds.
The more you listen to “Harlot Of The Night” the more you’ll love it. But the first time is already clincher!
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