Ever since the release of his debut album in 2008, singer-songwriter Johannes Sigmond goes by the name of Blaudzun. He surprised music fans and critics, and received rave reviews, which he was able to improve on with his second album Seadrift Soundmachine (2010). This second, widely acclaimed album and subsequent live shows created his definitive breakthrough in the Netherlands. His music has been likened to indie pop and folk rock and is aesthetically compared to Arcade Fire as well as to Ryan Adams and Antony & The Johnsons. The various comparisons show that it is difficult to stick just one label on this man’s work.
2007 – 2008
Johannes Sigmond (Arnhem, Netherlands – 1974) played for years in various bands and projects before he continued as a singer-songwriter in 2006. In 2007 as Blaudzun, a name taken from a relatively unknown Danish cyclist from the 70s, he was working on a special collection of songs, originally intended to be a soundtrack for a midnight car drive. He headed south to Barcelona to work on new material. In his residence near Amsterdam he recorded most of the songs in a small bedroom, while adding some sessions in several studios in the Netherlands and hotel rooms in Barcelona, Spain. Critics and music fans alike labeled his self-titled album (V2 Records, 2008) as a surprising and wonderful debut.
Blaudzun toured the Benelux countries that year including a slot at the Metropolis Festival while also supporting Norwegian singer Ane Brun and Mark Eitzel’s American Music Club.