Following on from the release of their highly-praised debut album 'Directions' in 2019, Swedish electro-pop duo Eavesdrop have now returned with their latest dreamy cut 'In The Sea'.
Channelling the same magical aesthetic as Röyksopp, Robyn, The Knife, and Portishead, 'In The Sea' makes for a wonderfully vibrant return for the pair. Filled with rich and sweeping soundscapes, impeccable production, and some truly uplifting moments, be prepared to be swept away by this incredible new release.
So with the new single out and about, we sat down with Alex from the group to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
I started playing the trumpet when I was 7 years old and played for probably 13 or 14 years. So, I guess there had to be some loving connection there. But in the end my love is devoted to the synthesiser, probably mostly because of its inherent variety and endless possibilities.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
I was definitely a hard rock/metal kind of boy, but my taste in music was very much influenced by whatever my dad would put on at home or in the car. And that could be anything from Rammstein to Röyksopp.
What was the first album you remember owning?
Haha, one that I unfortunately don’t listen to as much anymore. Dookie by Green Day.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Oh, there are way too many brilliant songs to just choose one. I mean who doesn’t wish they wrote the entire Beatles or Rolling Stones catalogue? But one that specifically comes to mind is Fade Away by Susanne Sundfor. To me, that song is pure genius.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Not really. None that are very exciting, anyway. It’s almost always a kind of “spur of the moment”-thing, spontaneous inspiration from listening to a great song or something like that. So, there’s rarely much time for performing rituals, I just want to get into writing.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
For a week or two now I’ve been listening almost exclusively to Courtney Barnett. It’s pretty different from what we do sound wise, but her lyrics are fucking amazing. Also Bakar because he’s a great song-writer and genre-breaker.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Definitely Röyksopp. It’s the only band that has always stuck with me and that I keep coming back to. It would just be a childhood dream come true, I guess.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
Not being a professional musician means I have to do something else for a living. And since my other occupations aren’t very creatively rewarding, having music as a creative outlet feels really important. Making music kind of just lets you vent your creativity and emotions. I would also say playing live gigs. Getting to know other bands at concerts is so much fun and something I miss a lot.
And what is the most frustrating part?
Haha, I don’t know really… Right now, it’s definitely not being able to play shows. And making music/having a band can be stressful at times for sure, because it’s a lot of work. But I can’t really say that it’s frustrating.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
That having someone to share your ideas with and develop your music together with will almost always make both the song and the song writing process so much better.
Eavesdrop's new single 'In The Sea' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.