After spending the last year developing and cultivating their sound, Swedish duo The Connecting Dots have now unveiled their highly-anticipated debut album 'Oblivious Beat'.
Previewed by the new lead single 'In The Movies', 'Oblivious Beat' makes for a wonderfully warm and woozy new release. Filled with sweeping emotion, breezy production, and some killer hooks throughout, this new collection is perfect for kicking back after a hard day's work.
So with the new album available now, we sat down with them to find out more about their background and what has been inspiring them most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Helena: The piano.
Johan: The tambourine.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
Helena: Glam rock! Queen and Bowie.
Johan: I was into synth pop like Depeche Mode and Alphaville, but at the same time I admired the look of Mötley Crue and had their posters on the wall. Then I realized what sums it up: David Bowie. Every band I like, from Depeche Mode to Mötley Crue, is somehow influenced by Bowie.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Helena: David Bowie - ”Life On Mars?”
Johan: Bing Crosby - ”White Christmas” would be a great pension plan.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Helena: No, just being left alone.
Johan: Walking - that’s usually when the ideas come.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Helena: Bright Eyes - ”Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was”.
Johan: Jonathan Hultén - ”Chants From Another Place” .
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
Helena: No idea.... a thousand? And seven about cats.
Johan: None about cats so far, but they’re coming. And probably a thousand about people.
What has been the funniest or most unusual moment in your career so far?
Having to postpone all tour dates due to a worldwide virus is definitely an unusual moment.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Helena: I would love to open for Le Tigre!
Johan: Depeche Mode would be a blast.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
Helena: A librarian.
Johan: A professional Lego builder.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Helena: Just do your own thing. Do it for yourself, don't worry about what other people will think.
Johan: I could not have said it better.
The Connecting Dots' new album 'Oblivious Beat' is available to stream and download now. Have a listen to the new single 'In The Movies' in the player below.