Oystein Brun Shares About His "Musical Erection" For New Borknagar Album
Artisan Norway has posted an interview online with Øystein G. Brun about the upcoming Borknagar album, which will be the follow-up to "Universal." An excerpt from the interview, in which Brun discusses getting a "musical erection" before hitting the studio, can be viewed below.
Artisan: Are you excited about recording a new Borknagar album?
Øystein: Well yes, I always have a full blown “musical erection” the months before we hit the studio – and certainly this time around. I have a very good gut-feeling when it comes to the material we have at hand, we have an “updated” line up and we’re all urging to create the best Bork album to date. May sound like the typical pre-studio cliché type of thing to say, but I have never before had so strong empirical reasons supporting my gut-feeling for saying just that.
Artisan: How many songs will it be? Can you reveal any titles?
Øystein: Actually, we don’t have all the material on the table yet as some songs still are in the making. But it seems like we are closing in on about an hour of music or 10-11 songs all in all. But this includes all the rough material, so some songs might be thrown into the archives along the line or used as bonus material if it turns out good enough. From my experience, an album should not be much longer than 45 minutes, so according to my foresight we’ll probably end up with 9 songs on the actual album – without binding to it contractually. The album title is still in progress, but I have few song titles emerging as “Northern Nobility,” “In a Deeper World,” and “The Winter Eclipse.” At this point these titles are still working titles, but it might give you a lead where things are heading in terms of lyrics. Nothing revolutionary within the Bork- lyrical- universe, but we’ll definitely add some new perspectives and ideas. As an example, the lyric to “In a Deeper World” will be heavily inspired by the Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss.
Artisan: Are there any significant changes or can we expect you to continue where you left off with the last album, “Universal”?
Øystein: With “Universal” we were definitely on to something, and we will surely follow this up on the new album, so we’re definitely not going Euro pop or anything like that. My perspective on this album is very ambiguous and visionary in terms of the production. I have always had a very huge focus on the song writing – and I still have, but this time around we’ll also invest a lot of time and effort when it comes to the process of producing the songs. To be quite honest, I have written my portion of the music for this new album also implementing a producer’s perspective on the songs. At least that is how I have “installed” my current mindset. I am proud of each end every album we have done in the past but we still have some goals to reach in terms of production. From my perspective we have had so many great musical intentions and ideas throughout the years that have been compromised due to the production. I am not saying bad production, more production of its time and as an always evolving band (I hope!) we also need to get the production a notch further.
Artisan: What kind of role will ICS Vortex have now that he’s back in the band? He’s obviously known for more than playing bass, so have you planned out if – and how much – he is going to sing on the next album?
Øystein: I certainly have some thoughts and I am really exited about how all this will turn out in terms of vocals. What I know right now is that we’re probably one of the most vocally potent bands around and we will for sure make the best of it. Andreas will most likely do the majority of the grim vocals, but when it comes to the clean vocals, choir and so forth we’ll just see where it ends. I have my thoughts and ideas but I’ll rather keep that within the band for the moment being. All I know for sure right now is that its going to be amazing to work out all the vocal arrangements…
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