First up, and released on June 11, is four-track marvel Mercury Retrograde, which sees the band pool their influences from classic rock bands such as The Who, Queen, and The Beatles, and blending it with the vibe of contemporary acts like Johnny Lloyd and The National.
“The EP covers a wide array of different genres, due to experimenting with our instruments and equipment,” says singer Andreas Heinesen Kase. “We treat the studio as a playground where we do what we want and never limit ourselves musically. The Ableton Push 2 was a key tool on these songs, recording part by part and looping several sections of the songs.”
Even though the songs are all quite different, they all circle around the concept of Mercury Retrograde, as Kase elaborates: “Mercury Retrograde is an EP made up of four quite different songs about loneliness, despair, missteps and hope. All of the songs were written in a period of Hans-Ole’s life where things tended to go a bit sour.”
We thought it was about time we found out what makes these artful power popsters tick, so we asked the band to tell us about four records that are among their greatest musical influences.
When we started working on Mercury Retrograde we made it really clear that we should follow the will of the songs no matter where it goes. I think Future Present Past is one of those records that inspires us to be totally free and do whatever we feel like, no matter how weird it gets.