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Simian Ghost

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When we started writing our upcoming record The Veil we had already finished nine new songs, for what we thought would be our new album. By now changing direction completely mid-production has become a natural step of our working process. We decided to leave the more electronic and loop based material we currently had aside. Instead we've tried to develop our songwriting, in part by looking back in music history. The main difference between the last album we did and this one is the amount of time and effort we put into it. The last album we did during a couple of summer months, taking breaks to go swimming and so on. This time we really isolated ourselves, sitting in our cellar room with a couple of cheap microphones and lot's of instruments. We've continued working with focus on the album format. We like great songs, but we love great records. The themes are more varied now and while we sometimes brush against big and complex ideas, the lyrics have gotten increasingly simple and more personal. These last years have been very weird, lots of stuff has happened, both good and very bad. What we do is pretty self-aware and we like to toy around with genres and genre bound expectations. We love to balance on that fine point between simple and convoluted, irony and total gravity. Kind of like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We're inspired by great musicians like Brian Wilson, Gershwin and Debussy, as well as of modern popular and alternative music. Bands like The Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo, Deerhunter and Broadcast is the stuff we grew up with and what has formed us. We're also very much into ambient music and noise, as well as sweet 70's funk and soul.