b. 1997, Denmark
Hjalte Ross is a Danish award winning artist who has a discography consisting of two full length albums, his debut Embody (2018) and his latest critically acclaimed Waves of Haste (2020).
Both albums are based on personal reflections, and his latest album had him declared “the finest export of Denmark” by MOJO, with glowing reviews also from Uncut, Clash Magazine, The Guardian, etc. as well as KEXP and BBC-6 airtime.
Born and raised on the countryside by the northern fjords of Denmark, Hjalte has a self taught approach to his playing and songwriting. This has often been described as a combination of precise technical skill with a raw, and often unpredictable essence. Performing live has seen Hjalte in setups from solo, to band, to string ensembles, and everything in between. With a vision to merge the intimate with the intense, Hjalte revives his songs every time played live, letting the present facilitate the outcome.
On October 13th 2023 Hjalte Ross will be releasing his new album 'Less' on Wouldn't Waste Records. Hjalte Ross introduces his album; "‘Less’ encompasses songs that were crafted during difficult and challenging times, yet written, nevertheless. It embodies the transformation of chaos into tangible form, dismantling obscurity.‘Less’ contains not just one specific emotion, but rather a collection of emotions that all fall under the theme of inadequacy."
WAVES OF HASTE (2020):
MOJO REWVIEW '★★★★'
“Hjalte Ross -The finest export of Denmark”
THE MORNING STAR REVIEW '★★★★'
“Still only in his early 20s, it’s exciting to consider the hugely talented Ross has probably still not reached his artistic peak yet. Deeply impressive!”
UNCUT REVIEW '8/10'
“Delicately voiced Danish songwriter Ross achieves a certain atmospheric vibe in intoxicating style”
BACKSEAT MAFIA REVIEW
“By god, Danish singer-songwriter Hjalte Ross is bloody good. There. That’s an opening premise we can start from”
“Bleeding one into another, these nine songs make a powerful statement”
“Hjalte Ross udviser tårnhøjt ambitionsniveau, men heldigvis ikke så det vokser kunstneren over hovedet og bliver prætentiøst”
“Med Waves of Haste vender Hjalte Ross sig ud mod verdenen”
JYLLANDS POSTEN '★★★★★'
“Hjalte Ross - uden at tabe den altdominerende, gode melodi af synes - begiver sig ud i at eksperimentere”
En sanger og sangskriver som vil bevæge dit hjerte med sit eget”
“At skrive musik ikke kun for sig selv og sine få udvalgte, men at få inkluderet så mange som muligt -uden at gå på kompromis med sin kunstneriske vision. Det lykkes her. I overmål”
“Med inderligheden intakt viser Hjalte Ross atter, at han forstår at tage vellykkede kreative valg”
“Albummet rækker ud og beder om at man lytter efter. Og gør man det, bliver man belønnet!”
“Det er svært at skabe et album hvor hvert nummer i den grad er så stærkt, at det kan stå for sig selv, men der er vitterligt ingen fyldnumre på Waves of Haste”
MOJO REVIEW '★★★★'
“With its very British combination of frostiness and warmth, Embody could easily snuggle alongside the Island Labels most affecting, intimate early 70’s signees”
UNCUT REVIEW '7/10'
“Ross hushed vocals are so blurred and indistinct that he may as well be singing in a foreign language, but it all creates a delightfully groggy mood”
METRO REVIEW '★★★★★'
“Even if one out of ten modern guitar songs are unoriginal, pretentious and directly miserable -Ross shows it’s till possible for a man and his guitar to spin something worth listening to”
“It is remarkable to meet such an ambitious and well developed LP, conceived and executed work from such a young artist”
GAFFA REVIEW: '★★★★'
UNDERTONER REVIEW: '★★★★★★'
NORDJYSKE REVIEW: ‘★★★★★’
JYLLANDSPOSTEN REVIEW: ‘★★★★★’
3d best Danish Album Of The Year
photo by Søren Lynggaard