After the rousing response to her much-loved 2017 debut LP 'Siberia', Swedish artist Vanbot has now made her long-awaited return to deliver her sprawling sophomore album 'How Could I Prepare For This'.
Featuring the previously shared outings 'Bored Like Me', 'I Will Never Not Have Had You' and 'The Weight Of Rage', this new ten-track collection makes for an incredibly powerful listen. Filled with broad and immersive electronic textures, soaring atmospheres, and her own captivating vocals at the helm, she is certainly cementing herself as one of the more exciting names on the rise right now.
So with the new album available to stream now, we sat down with her to find out more about her origins and what has been inspiring her most lately.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
I played a lot of different instruments when I was younger, piano, guitar, cornet, bass… but I would say it was first when I started working with synthesizers I really fell in love with an instrument. I love the sculpting process of creating a sound.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
I’ve always been into pop, but not mainstream pop, which I thought was kind of foolish, I was more into alternative pop.
What was the first album you remember owning?
Haha, I think it was Sissel Kyrkebø, a Norwegian artist. That feels a bit hilarious now.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Tame Impala - New Person, Same Old Mistakes. The melodies are brilliant yet so simple.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Not at all. But I’ve been working hard on being creative during daylight, since I’ve always been a night-writer.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
I don’t really listen that much to music while working on new music myself. But I recently discovered Stella Explorer and I like it a lot.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
To open for LCD Soundsystem or Moderat would be so cool.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
When working in the studio, you get that first breathtaking feeling of the song taking shape, that’s priceless. Also receiving messages and emails from fans all over the world means a lot to me, to see the music finding its way to people’s hearts, that’s beautiful.
And what is the most frustrating part?
To reach out to new listeners. I feel like a lot has changed since I released my latest album, and it’s harder to reach out. That’s really frustrating.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Always stick to what feels fun. It’s so much hard work releasing music so you must enjoy the ride, otherwise you’ll never want to do the rest of the work.
Vanbot's new album 'How Could I Prepare For This' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.