Photo: Piper Ferguson

Indians, the musical alter ego of Copenhagen resident Søren Løkke Juul, have just signed to 4AD. While they only played their first concert in their hometown in February of this year and self-released their debut single in April, they’ve already garnered enough attention to perform shows across Europe and in North America, playing shows with the likes of Beirut, Bear In Heaven, Lower Dens, Retribution Gospel Choir, Savages and Weird Dreams over this Summer.

On the back of this early momentum, Indians today mark their signing to 4AD with their instalment in the 4AD Session series. Directed by Iain & Jane, filmed over the course of one day on Osea Island – a little-known, privately owned island in the estuary of the Blackwater in Essex – the starting point for the performance was embracing the challenge of playing, recording and filming outside, placing the music into a vast open space, under sky and near water.

With the intention to capture the sense of air and atmosphere in the music, each track was recorded in a different location, moving the band and cameras in order to introduce a new element that reflected the change in song. This was further complimented by the shift in light: the session begins with ‘I Am Haunted’ filmed just after high tide in the early afternoon, is followed by ‘Magic Kids’ just as the sun had set, ending with ‘New’ filmed in the small hours of the morning. While still flecked with the surreal ambience of Søren’s air-tight compositions, the full-band performance adds a foreboding sense of wonder that provides a fitting introduction into Indians’ very own natural world.

Indians anticipate the release of their debut album in early-2013 and prior to that, the band start an extensive tour this weekend. They’re supporting Perfume Genius on some of his upcoming European tour dates, playing shows in Paris with Dan Deacon and London with Glass Animals before joining Other Lives on their huge North American tour.