”Many bands sounded like Koop, but Koop sounded like no others.”
After 10 years of struggle, Oscar Simonsson, composer and producer behind Swedish jazztronica sensation Koop, walked of stage from what was going to become the last Koop show. Three albums had been released that became landmarks in the electronic scene. ”Sons of Koop”, ”Waltz for Koop” and ”Koop Islands”. Never in the absolute limelight, but carried through by fans and the underground scene, until they reached a point were their music was completely understood.
Swedish bands are not supposed to be more than a flavor of the month, but Koop worked their way back again and again, resisting the law that says a nordic electronica duo could not touch peoples hearts for real. And the reason they could, was because of the ability to combine a unique sampling technique with classic songwriting. Under lush landscapes of sound there were words and melodies that reached out. Many of the achievements came after the last show in 2009. ”Koop Island Blues” made it to number one in the Billboard electronic chart, and was covered from Jamaica to Warsaw. ”Strange Love”, the bonus track on the compilation album ”Coupe de grace” became one of their most appriciated songs ever, and though complete silence from the band, songs keep on accumulating millions of youtube views year after year. And of course every summer, radio starts playing ”Summer Sun”, their break trough gem from ”Waltz for Koop”.
”Music is most of all a social thing.”
First years after the break up Oscar Simonsson felt he was ready with music. But after a while new songs started to come to his head. He had no idea if or how he could release this music. But after hanging out with Lithuanian singer Jazzu a late night he asked her to try some of the new songs. He discovered how much he missed playing together with others, and decided to gather a band with Jazzu on vocals. He calls this band Koop Oscar Orchestra (KOO). The main mission for KOO is to celebrate the greatness of live music. How it sometimes connect people in a way nothing else does. The band has now grown to seven people, and did their first appearances early autumn 2015. They perform songs Simonsson wrote for Koop together with new unreleased material and sometimes a local folk tune. Simonsson spent the last 5 years writing new songs, and he strongly believes in playing them live before they are produced, so that they are not only a studio product. He says: ”The core of music is to make sounds together. All those lonely people on stage with a laptop pretending to do stuff, itwill make them sick in their hearts.”