Galantis

FRESH: ‘Holy Water’ – Galantis

Galantis release “Holy Water”.

by Christopher Smith

Galantis are back with a brand new track “Holy Water”, their fifth of 2019, following on from “Roots”, “We Can Get High”, “I Found U” and “Bones”, the track they joined forces with OneRepublic on earlier this year. “Holy Water” is three minutes of EDM heaven with the simple tag “I wanna drown in your holy water”, repeated just for good measure!

Not many artists can boast several multi-platinum singles, multiple Grammy nominations, sold out headline shows around the world andover three billion streams across streaming platforms, but Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw of Galantis have never been like most artists. As the collaborative duo of Karlsson (aka Bloodshy, one-third of Miike Snow) and Eklöw (aka Style of Eye), Galantis has set a new standard for songwriting in dance music.

Working as Bloodshy, Karlsson’s songwriting collaborations included Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry and Britney Spears (whose “Toxic” earned a GRAMMY award for Best Dance Recording). After reaching out to Eklöw (who co-wrote and produced Icona Pop’s hit single “I Love It” as Style of Eye) to remix Miike Snow’s “Animal”, the two continued to collaborate until ultimately Galantis was born.

After making their debut with 2014’s “Smile”, the Swedish duo has blossomed into a full-blown streaming sensation, while notching their biggest hit to date with 2016’s mega smash “No Money” – garnering over 911 million global streams, reaching the Top 10 on iTunes in 43 countries, and certifying Platinum in 16 countries including the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Karlsson and Eklöw’s tremendous success with recorded music is only one component of the Galantis story, however. Coupled with their strong track record of streaming and sales triumphs, Galantis boasts an innovative live show that incorporates a three-tiered stage equipped with cymbals, drum pads, and 5 full-size kickdrums.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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