You've said that this might be your favorite of your albums?Yes, for us both. It’s a little hard to describe, but it’s honest in a new way. It’s honest like the type of honesty you have with yourself when you’re alone. It feels like we were able to take the feelings we have in those solitary moments and bring them to forward without getting lost in translation. That’s how it feels for us, anyway, we hope it translates.
I'm new to your music - tell me a bit about how you got to this point in your creative life?DiViNCi and I, along with Swamburger and Tonya, have been in Solillaquists of Sound for over a decade now. We came together and it was this whirlwind of creativity and laughter and fun and ease. We started making albums on our own, were able to tour, and gained enough momentum over the years to start expanding in our individual crafts. DiViNCi has worked with some stellar artists and musicians like Ms. Lauryn Hill, and I’ve created a women’s chorus that travels year-round.
There are a few covers on the album - Bjork's "Joga" is one standout - how did you choose them and what did you feel you could add to the originals?For us, including these covers on the album actually came from really enjoying the original songs as they are. Nostalgia is a powerful thing. We’d be talking and it would come up,“What if we did 'Take My Breath Away’ by Berlin?” Then, "I love that song.” We’d look at each other, shrug, try it out, have a great time, and ended up really liking how it turned out. The original versions of those songs are all so perfect on their own, we didn’t think about adding to their legacies. It was really nice to explore the combination of nostalgia and possibility. Chakra Khan being new to us, it was a cool experience to have such familiar songs translated through our new sonic playground.
There's an incredible level of intimacy and vulnerability in the recorded performances both vocally and instrumentally - which is sometimes hard to get with an electronic album - how did you pull this off?I’m not completely sure, maybe other than feeling like we were safe to be ourselves during the creative process. That can be so important. We're so glad it comes across.
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