Hey guys! Welcome back to the site! It's been over a year and a half since we've last spoke on the site. Either way, how have things been going for Neonsol?
Neonsol: Things have been going great! We have had quite a few live appearances in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and a couple of gigs in the UK. Apart from that, we have also released a few tracks on some compilation albums. The rest of the time we have spent working on our new EP Another Day which will be released later this year.
Now, I just didn't bring you here for a little friendly chat, I've come to talk to you about 'Another Day', your latest single. First of all, I'd like to say that this is sounding much better than any of your previous work. What did you do differently when making this song?
Neonsol: Thanks for the nice words. For ‘Another Day’ we focused more on the songwriting and the hooks than we might have done on earlier releases. We also let our love of The Cure express itself fully on this number. Previously we had done a cover version of The Cure’s ‘Fascination Street’, which we have played live and has been released on the Beat:Cancer compilation, and it ended up coulouring our original compositions as well.
The song inspires cyberpunk and sci-fi imagery in my head. What is the song about? What are the lyrics about?
Neonsol: The track is one of the closest things to a love song that we have done so far. It is not a happy love song though. It is about missing out on things that you could have had if you had only believed in yourself and reached out for it.
I understand that a remix of the track will be available on your forthcoming EP of the same title. How did Rotersand remix the work? What did they do to the track to make it their own?
Neonsol: We’re quite pleased with the Rotersand version of ‘Another Day’. According to Krischan of Rotersand, this is the first time in ages that he has actually played drums instead of programming them, so it has a bit of a rock feel to it, but it remains quite danceable. A bunch of heavy synths have been added to the original track. Technically it’s more a rework than a remix.
That being said, what else can we expect on the new EP? Any other tracks, or more remixes?
Neonsol: Apart from a longer version of ‘Another Day’ and the Rotersand remix, the EP will contain the track ‘Heat’ - previously released on a label sampler - and two brand new tracks, one being a downtempo ballad with layers and layers of synth but only minimal drums, and another one which could be described as synthpop you can bellydance to. The EP will also contain a 'Hotter than Hell' remix of ‘Heat’ by E.S.A., along with a remix of ‘Manipulation’ by Gelting, and lastly our own rework of the track ‘Lights Out’.
Does this EP stand on its own, or does it connect to your previous work thematically or conceptually?
Neonsol: There is no direct connection between the EP and the Ecliptic album, but we still aim to keep the music dark, dreamy and danceable. There’s a greater degree of diversity on the EP than what was found on the album, as we keep on experimenting with various stylistic directions. But there will be lots of familiar elements.
So far I've heard nothing but good things for the single. But, I think the most important opinion is your own. How do you feel about 'Another Day'? Do you feel as if it's your best work to date?
Neonsol: We are very happy with how the track turned out. However, we cannot say that it is the best work to date. It would be like choosing which one of your children you love the most. We have played the track live a few times and at our show in London last November we got a fantastic reaction from the audience.
And what are your plans looking past 'Another Day'? Are you working on another full length album? More EPs? Or are you taking a break from making music?
Neonsol: As soon as we have sent the EP out we will start focusing on what we can do in order to improve our live shows. We want to give the concert audience more than they can get by just putting on the album (or the new EP) in their living room.
Do you have any shows lined up in the future? If so, where and when?
Neonsol: We expect to throw a release party in Copenhagen when the EP is released and we also have a live show scheduled in Manchester on June 10th at the celebration of our label's eighth birthday. We look very much forward to play in Manchester again in front of a lovely British audience.
And, lastly, I'd like to thank you for your time and I wish you the best! The space below is yours to say whatever you wish. Cheers!
Neonsol: The pleasure was all ours. The final thing that we want to say is that we would like to encourage everyone to go out in the Real World and see some concerts and to go clubbing - no matter what scene you are in. This is where things are happening. Not on Facebook or Spotify.
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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