Irah photo by Jakob Steen

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is an ensemble effort by a band called Irah that consists of Adi Zukanović and Stine Grøn.

Adi was born in Sarajevo but at the age of four when war broke out in the Balkans, fled with his family to Denmark. He sought solace in tinkling away at a keyboard in the playroom of the refugee centre, and has since blossomed into one of Denmark’s most sought after pianists, responsible for arranging some of the country’s celebrated symphony orchestras.

Working with Stine as studio project Irah, they’ve created music of intimate intricacy and understated beauty on an album called “Diamond Grid” out today on Tambourhinoceros. Serene lead song “Cinematic” is accompanied by a haunting, deeply personal film made from Adi’s home video footage and we’re pleased that they’ve dropped by to choose something equally mesmerising. Welcome to VS, Irah

“Diamond Grid” is a diamond sea of tranquility that is totally off grid, designed by a duo whose eclectic influences meet at compellingly tangential points and it also features Polar Bear’s Seb Rochford on drums, which is always a plus. Stine’s winsome vocals circumnavigate the spatial keys in a way that’s part Julee Cruise, part Mogwai’s score to “Les Revenants”. Chillingly evocative and electrifying.

But what music has caught their attention lately? Without further ado, here’s Irah’s collective “song for ewe”…

“Lately we’ve been listening to music played by Bosnian Sufi musicians. Ensemble Našida-l-Haida. With only voices and frame drums, they sit in a circle and play incredible religious music – it’s very meditative, yet possesses an amazing intensity with huge crescendos… it’s very inspiring to us!”


“Diamond Grid” is out today. The requisite links are below…

Apple Music

Here’s another track as a taster…