The Sonic Dawn frontman EMILE to issue lonerfolk solo album on Heavy Psych Sounds ; unveils solar first single « Weight Of The World » on Shindig!

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  • 16 janvier 2020

Danish psychedelic lonerfolk artist EMILE (The Sonic Dawn) announces the release of his debut solo album ’The Black Spider / Det Collective Selvmord’ on April 3rd via Heavy Psych Sounds. Listen to first single « Weight Of The World » right now on Shindig!

« Weight of the World is essentially about goodbyes. About letting someone you love go, when they don’t have the strength to hold on anymore. It beautifully melts the warm and familiar into the strange and haunted. » says singer and guitarist EMILE.

Listen to debut single « Weight Of The World » on Shindig!

EMILE’s psychedelic loner folk debut comes together like a weird dream. A dream that shows a side of reality too strange to observe in any other way. Driven by acoustic guitar and haunting arrangements, the frontman of The Sonic Dawn presents a unique backdrop, on which songs about death, life, loss and fear of growing old melt together with a dystopian look into the near future of our civilisation.

« I recorded this album because I had to. I wrote the first songs already back when we were working on ‘Eclipse’ with The Sonic Dawn. Some of my favorite tracks in our stack, but somehow they didn’t really fit into the rock group format. Or maybe they were too melancholic or mysterious to fit on the album. I needed to find a new home for these songs. I also needed to deal with a lot of heavy stuff, and make some real changes in my own life. Writing and playing music seems to be the only real way for me to do so. »

EMILE ’The Black Spider / Det Collective Selvmord’
Out April 3rd on Heavy Psych Sounds – PREORDER

« In the beginning, I was just recording the songs for myself. But at a certain point it became clear to me that I was working on an album. As soon as I sketched out the concepts for the album, the elements started coming together like some strange dream. I had a lot of things on my mind, that I wanted to write about: Death, life, loss, spirituality and the fear of growing old. 

Another thought, that I could not shake, was the current race towards the end of our civilization. Having to live with the possibility of humans turning our own world uninhabitable for ourselves, and most other species, seemed totally bizarre. Just so that a few can buy some fake happiness. To me, it looked like a cult committing a collective suicide. Seen from the outside, it’s total madness. But for the people on the inside, there exists some kind of sensible and rational explanation. Well, this time around, we’re all on the inside. 

Roughly put, Side A of the LP deals with the more personal themes, while Side B is about the end of our world. Inevitably, the themes got tangled up and there are drops of each on both sides. I wanted to do Side A in a familiar and straightforward sixties style songwriting, recorded with the warm analog tape machine sound, that kind of feels like home to me. However, I still wanted the sound to be laced with unsettling psychedelic undertones, to support more complex moods.

For the B side, I wanted it to be surreal and almost dystopian sci-fi. Sometimes, reality is so bizarre that a surreal depiction is your best chance of looking straight at it. It seemed natural to me to write the lyrics in Danish. Writing in my mother tongue was the most direct form of communication to people close around me. At the same time, it was a way to make it almost alien and let the music speak for itself. In the end, many of our problems stem from lack of understanding.  

I hope that you will enjoy this record, no matter whether you’re just looking for a calm spot, or looking for reflection. Know that I found some hope and optimism in putting words and music to these thoughts. »

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