The Soil Within Aalborg The Soil Within (TSW) is the retarded lovechild of Danish songwriter Simon Kristoffer Johansen, former guitarist/songwriter in the Frederician shoegaze act, Pop-X and later as a singer/songwriter in the progressive indie/emo band Melai Blue, plus others. Virgin births are always problematic at best, and the same goes for TSW. Its been through several iterations before a shape was conceived. It was not until I found the amazing "Red state" album from Gowns, that a general direction for this project could be established. At the time Danish new country act, Munck//Johnson, Michael Gira (swans), Thurston Moore, Iron and wine, MBV and Robin Proper Shepards' Sophia, all came to play a part inspiration wise during the initial songwriting. The name of the project derives from a misreading of quote;"“The soul that is within me no man can degrade.” by the late civil rights activist Frederick Douglas. By exchanging the word soul with soil, a new meaning arises on account of the dualism contained within the expression. The double meaning of the word soil (understood as something fertile but also something dirty and shameful) leads to the question of how past experience shapes the human being. First and foremost, the project name should be seen as a message of hope. The potential within a person cannot fulfilled, or take away by anyone but the person himself. Same goes for wounds and melancholia. Sometimes the smallest flowers can grow in the harshest conditions. As long as they find fertile soil they can crack concrete. The lyrical expression is anchored around the intraspective/emphatical approach to storytelling. What I essentially try to do is to put myself in the shoes of various people I met, try them on for size, walk a mile and then convey the emotions of the person portrayed within the music. Like Polaroid’s of a different reality. There is an introspective angle to it as well, but that stone will be left unturned for now. The aim of the songwriting is always to create experience, but not the experience of simply listening to a song. It’s more about creating moments by telling stories about people, their joys and misfortunes. One could view the songs as narratives that evoke feelings and makes them transferrable from person to person.