NEW HORIZONS

As I knew very little about NEW HORIZONS I just had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-We try to create new melodies, new music worlds to inspire people who want to listen to something fresh and cool, making them living a new experience.

How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-Working together has made us stronger and more confident about music we want to play, so that new recordings are cleaner and completed than before.

When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-We try to think about possible topics we would to tackle in a very wide point of view, thinking about what people would like to speak about, like feelings, emotions, actuality, nature, life, death, love. We want to give to entire work a unique entity, and so connecting songs each other.

Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
-Obviously Dream Theater are the masters for all of us, expecially because we love that kind of music that tease your ears and make you careful and concentrated about what is happening in sense of harmony and rythm. Also Haken, Circus Maximus, the great Emerson Lake and Palmer has inspired us in different ways.

How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-Concerning the artwork, we had some ideas connected both to the music and the lyrics. We wanted to do something sophisticated and simple at the same time, something that could attract people in very short time, and then let the viewer to discover every little detail and shade.

Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-Well, this Is a good question. We are “old-school thinking”. We agree with you, an album is not just a file to download. An album is an entire artistic work, comprehending music, photos, text, paper…all there, in your hands. So we put the maximum effort to ensure the best quality in this way.

How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-The title of the songs reflect perfectly the soul and the meaning of them in term of melodies, referring to the topic of the entire album.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-It’s a very very mad world, as Tears for Fears wrote… There is a real fear for what future can offer. It will be harder to emerge from the growing multitude of bands coming up thanks to internet, and often, this “internet world” does not offers quality or meritocracy. But this is a battle, and we’ll put all our forces to fight eheheh

How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-Playing live is a fundamental aspect of a band. You can create something special with the crowd and sometimes you can communicate something more than what can be done on the record. It’s pure magic. Moreover, live work permits us to sell our CDs, our merch, to keep the name of the band alive, to grow up as musicians and as humans

What lies in the future?
-Now we are going to promote our work, try to reach as many interested people as we can, and play live to spread our energy! Of course, something new is taking shape!

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