>> Scandinavian alternative rock artist Lou Z has a new EP out, 'Fairyland Goodbye'. This latest project features his favorite instrument, the electric guitar. We had the lovely opportunity to hear from him about his inspirations for the EP, the process behind its creation, and his favorite tracks! Check out his guest blog post below and give 'Fairyland Goodbye' a listen, your ears will wiggle with joy!
One of the main inspirations for the songs on the EP comes from a search of remembering the feelings, thoughts, and confusions of being a teenager.A time in life where experiences and emotions are amplified to ridiculous levels, but also a time of great curiosity, energy, carelessness, and fun. Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where for a moment you get to be cast right back to that cauldron - even though it’s now somewhat less intense. I like to visit that place in my mind now and then, and once again get a little taste of that equally simple and complicated time in life.
One of my favorites of the EP is the track by the name “Before You Go”. Ever since it was written I’ve always thought it as being very filmic. It’s a co-write (the only one on the EP) with Danish songwriter Hannah Schneider (AyOwA) and from the beginning of the writing session, we thought it would be fun to write something that would (hopefully) put a lot of pictures in your head. We took some inspiration from The Raveonettes song “Somewhere In Texas” and immediately put down some very reverb drenched cue-guitars to set up a mood for the song. Some of those actually made it all the way to the finished version if you listen carefully to the verses. When I started producing the song I made a very dirty drum loop to add to the live-drums. A friend of mine who helped me finish the production kept saying “turn it up, turn it up!”, so that loop ended up a very dominant part of the rhythm section. The track features Danish hip-hop and pop drummer Abas Bathily (Iris Gold), who is an old friend of mine. To get that heavy feel of a solid slow neo-soul or hip-hop track. Or the Black Keys - they have that bottom end as well.
Another song that I would highlight is “You Left Alone”. It originally came about on a piano and therefore it probably ended up getting produced more around key instruments than what is usual for me. I mostly write on the electric guitar, but with this song, I had a clear vision that the sonic landscapes from Twin Peaks should be used as an inspiration. And then it was obvious that keyboards had to play a dominant role on the track.
In general, the making of this EP has been a sort of lonely process - mostly being on my own in the studio which I don’t mind at all. It’s nice to envision the ideas for the tunes and then after a while take it outside and play it to some of your trustees. Then dive back to your own safe creative space again with the new input. I love the electric guitar so that’s the most important piece of clothing when the songs are getting dressed up. I find it really hard to stop recording electric guitar parts, so I always end up with way too much 6-string on the tracks and then have to get rid of most of it again - keeping the best bits and pieces. I also tried to work a lot with loops of different kinds: drum loops, noises or some vinyl grit. To give the music a more contemporary feel and to add a compliment to the usual rock instruments. <<