Release date: October 18
Danish duo Bremer/McCoy’s music is a meditative and intense blend of jazz and dub created entirely via analog process. No computers are involved; they record everything straight to tape in their own studio. These two childhood friends tour with their own soundsystem to ensure adequate depth in the lower frequencies.
Their new album, Utopia, was recorded over two cold and windy Copenhagen weeks in sessions plagued by malfunctioning gear, the band overcame these setbacks and recorded some of the clearest melodies and conceptual passages they have put to tape. In pieces such as “Åben bog” they draw on Danish folk music as a base from which they work from more classical composition to a free-form and trouble-free place. The album’s closing track, “Determination,” stays true to its title and is a song without hesitation, finishing what the band sets out to do.
Jonathan Bremer answers:
- We've always been big on songs. Although some of our tunes are more conceptual and dub-like, most of our tunes are songs with clear melodies.
- We recorded the album in March 2018. It took a lot longer than we thought it would. We were haunted by malfunctioning gear - our mixing board didn't work properly with many periodical malfunctions. Two reel to reel machines broke, one of them quite dramatically due to an internal explosion. We recorded both at day and night, probably mostly during the day. I think we ended up spending a month recording and two or three weeks mixing - Morten, correct me if I'm wrong here.
- For me; I was going through a divorce at the time we made the record, so it was a pretty melancholic time.. I think that gave me a lot to think about and some new perspectives on life to deal with. I'm not sure how it influenced the music, but it probably did somehow. As far as musical influences; I once got a vinyl box set of short songs written by Gabriel Fauré from my dad. It was ten vinyls with more than 100 songs for piano and voice. When we made the album I had just checked it all out and categorised the songs. I was really fascinated by that style of writing. I think that's evident in the tune Vega.
- My favourite color is silver gray or oxidised silver (couldn't choose)
- My favourite vegetable is artichoke
Morton McCoy answers:
On this album we tried to release ourselves from our previous dogma, that the music had to be recorded at the same time. Most of it ended up being recorded that way anyway, but it means that there are tracks with both strings, melotron and synths this time.. I completely agree with Jonathan on the songs. For me most of our songs even have lyrics even though they are instrumental.
We recorded in march, so quite windy and cold here. As I recall we used almost 2 weeks just on doing sound, together with Jonas Nakel, who recorded the album, and then we recorded it in maybe a week or two. So yeah, about a month of recording. As Jonathan says, we where troubled by malfunctioning gear and had a hard time to get into the vibe that we wanted to, luckily I think we got there in the end of our recording period. Mostly day sessions, but also with a couple of late nights.
I felt somehow like a passenger on a train that I didn't really know where was going. The gear that exploded/stopped working/melted just as I thought we could begin to play and Jonathans personal situation made me feel out of control. I kinda like to be in control, so I remember that as being troublesome. Its hard to say what music and art directly inspired this record. I'm constantly listening to various kinds of music. there is this one track with Pharaoh Sanders, that I remember we heard a lot in the studio though - its called Greeting to Saud.
- What’s your favorite color
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1. Åben bog