Communic Talks About New Album, "Payment Of Existence" and More
KvltSite spoke to Communic frontman Oddleif Stensland about their new album "Payment of Existence" and more. Here are some excerpts:
KvltSite: I don't know if it's early enough for you to look back at the latest album Payment of Existence, and comment on it subjectively. How satisfied are you with how it turned out?
Oddleif (Communic): I am really happy with it. It was a tough album to complete, but almost everything turned out the way that I wanted. There are a few things that I would have changed regarding the mixing, but that is probably stuff that only I think of. All in all it has turned out to become a natural progression of what we started with on the demo, and that it shows that we have a unique sound of our own."
KvltSite: It must be tricky, writing lyrics in a language that's not entirely native to you. Do you form the lyrics in Norwegian first and then pen it down as a translation, or do you think in English from the start?
Oddleif (Communic): When I just begin working on a new song, I mostly think of melody and no actual words. And then later, I try to make sense of the complete story or what I want to tell. The lyrics are not that important to me in the beginning of the songwriting process. It's the melody that counts, but in the end it needs to have some kind of meaning to it. Writing in Norwegian is not ideal for the way I like to work, though.
KvltSite: So you think of phonetics while writing lyrics.
Oddleif (Communic): Yes, the melody and phonetics are the most important, then the music and composition – the meaning comes in last, I’m afraid…
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