Seven Rivers Wild, now on Billy Momo #28.
Seven Rivers Wild is our third album and the latest we’ve released so far. But there is more to come, don’t you worry.
I would say that this is the first album we’ve released as a seven piece group. We are not a duo with musicians anymore. Me and Orren still write all the songs and do most of the arrangements. But the whole process of recording it was much more of a group effort on this one. Everybody had an input on the material.
We wanted to do a proper studio album. Much more serious recording from start to finish. On the first two albums, we used way more programming and loops. But for this album, we wanted to play everything. We even took in live strings and horns.
A lot of the lyrics on this album are a bit darker than before, I think. A big part in that is probably me going through a divorce in the middle of recording it. I had some shit to deal with, to say the least. But hey, that’s why we have music, right? Way better to write a song like Seven Rivers Wild than actually hitting somebody upside the head with a hammer.
When the time came to deal with the cover artwork we happened to meet this wonderful artist/photographer named Robert Eldrim.
He wanted to do our album cover and had loads of ideas. We started talking about building a machine that somehow would represent us as a group. So he started doing interviews with us to get a good feeling of who everybody was and what the dynamics within the group was.
And then he came up with a machine that was a sailboat and a fish but at the same time a zeppelin that was an instrument that played our music. And we were supposed to fly it over the seven rivers wild. There might have been some mushrooms involved or maybe he’s just some sort of genius. But when he showed us the end result we fell completely in love with it. And him. Billy Momo loves Robert Eldrim. Check him out!
The years of grinding it out on the road playing in half empty bars are slowly starting to pay off. People are starting to find us and we are starting to build a very nice and close relationship with people who enjoy our music all over the world. And we love every second of it. The second I get off stage I’m looking forward to the next show.
Life is very very exciting at the moment.
And while we are touring we are making plans for how we will record the next album. I can’t tell you much about it at the moment since we haven’t decided yet. I’ll have to get back to you on that. But I can tell you that it will be different from the last album. We always want to do something different when we start a new recording process. We are forever changing and forever inspired to try new stuff.
Let’s keep things interesting y’all!
See you soon!