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We try to bring fire to the groove that a lot of jazz music has. We also use a lot of chord extensions, and think of the relationship between the vocal melody and the instrumental parts as intertwined, not like the instrumental is just a backdrop for the singer to show off over. We also try to make each moment interesting as it goes by in subtle ways rather than give cut-and-pasted repeat blasts.
Probably, but the videos have been essential to our career.
We put a lot of care into every aspect of the music, and even though we aren’t visual artists, we try to make the animations and videos match the vibe. We are expressing the things we think about and talk about; how we experience the physical world, our internal worlds, and the internet world, and put them into the music in a way that is entertaining and satisfying for us. I like to think we are painting a complete picture of what we feel with our overall output, and hope it will reach people…this picture includes humor, scariness, funkiness, obvious harmony, not obvious harmony.
Over the years we’ve taken different approaches, most recently we’ll talk about the vibe we want to bring, then Louis builds many, many instrumental sections for several songs, then we work together on melodies and lyrics. A lot of drafts, a lot of different ideas have made it into our songs, especially on Life.
We are both working on solo albums. I am also proud to be on the new upcoming Mike Richardson Fame Cult album. We will soon start working on a new KNOWER album, and I think it will be crazy since our lives have been nice and crazy over the past couple of years. I would love to collaborate with Ryan Power. I would also love to be musically involved with David Lynch somehow.
Henry James Halliwell – Some demos from August 2017; String Boys – Beauty and Good Times; Ryan Power – “Empty the Jewels”; Bernice – Puff EP.
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