The essence of ephemerals is hard to define as they are a band that have continuously evolved throughout their discography. At their outset they were in the classic soul mould, six outstanding musicians playing incredible songs courtesy of Hillman Mondegreen and backing a one of a kind singer – Wolfgang Valbrun. Their debut album hit number 1 on the Hype Machine chart and the usual industry scramble began to sign them away from their independent label home. That classic sounding love album spawned a runaway hit when their song ‘you made us change’ was reworked by French dance artist Kungs into a huge radio record which hit the A list at Radio 1 in the UK and topped radio charts all over the world.
The second album came in the form of the dark and brooding ‘chasin ghosts’ – a record about death that meditated on themes including nihilism and suicide, whilst the third album ‘egg tooth’ was a glorious Alice Coltrane inspired litany on re-incarnation and rebirth. The latest album reflects on songwriter, Hillman’s transgender experience whilst experimental recording and mixing techniques illustrate the artistic concepts behind the songs. Throughout all these changes the band toured constantly, their fan base evolving in tune with their sound. During their travels across Europe’s biggest festivals and the smallest squat parties they picked up high profile radio support from the likes of BBC 6Music (Gilles Peterson) to 3FM in Holland to Radio Eins in Berlin. It’s been an incredible journey for a band like no other.