‘We love each other endlessly’ | Interview with Falkevik

Start your day or end your day with this amazingly cool song. Pick the time and the place that will give you the right headspace to appreciate these velvety vocals, the steady groove and the piano solo with this distinctive detuned delay effect. Let yourself be swept away. Changeable, courtesy of the piano trio Falkevik. Read their interview below.

Describe your sound in three words please!

Riffbased, playful and «Nordic»

Tell us a few things about your upcoming album New Constellations.

The album is being released on September 17th, and we are very excited! We’ve been working on it for quite some time now, and looking forward to let it live it’s own life out there.
We wrote the most of the album when we were in lockdown in Oslo, and maybe that’s why some of the songs have more powerful energy than on our first album. A lot of frustration and longing for our old life of touring and meeting people – and that life is hopefully coming back now! 🙂

The album was recorded in Propeller Music Devision in Oslo in December 2020. A beautiful big studio with a lot of possibilities. We were there for a whole week, recording, experimenting and having fun. The amazing David Aleksander Sjølie, who we also worked with on our last album, recorded it, and has also done the mixing. He´s kind of a fourth member of the band when it comes to the sound – and is very important key to how the album sounds like in the end!

As a piano trio, would it be safe to assume that your compositions always start with a piano pattern? Tell us a few things about your creative process.

Almost every time, yes 😊 It often starts with a piano pattern, or a rhythm-pattern. All three of us looooves a good groove, so it’s important that the rhythm is compelling. A new song often starts with an idea from the piano, and then we jam on it together – until we have something worth building a song on. When we were writing the songs for the upcoming album «New Constellations» we suddenly had more time to jam together – as all live gigs were cancelled due to Covid. It was wonderful to have time to really dig into every song, and to let them grow in their own way.

Which one of your own songs would you say characterises you the most?

Hm, good question! Maybe the song «Changeable». All of us grow as time goes by – and we turn into ourselves. And even after that we still keep evolving. A person is never standing completely still – even though it feels like that sometimes. All our songs are based on something personal, and this one maybe more than the others.

A young person can be changeable, unreasonable and lovable all at the same time. But if you have to pick one of these adjectives for each of you, what would be the best match?

Haha! All three of us are all three! We switch. Playing and touring is a bit like being with family. We love each other endlessly, but sometimes you get really frustrated too. We are looking forward to touring again, and hang out for weeks on the road!

If it wasn’t Norway, where would you like to live even for a while in terms of music culture?

Maybe Berlin! Or, if we can go wherever we want and how far we want – then maybe Cuba!

What is your favorite album of the past year?

Many great albums came last year, so it’s kind of hard to choose. I hope it’s ok that I pick the 3 top!

Maria Kannegaard Trio : «Sand i en vik»
Maria is an amazing pianist, and this album is SO beautiful, lyrical and dark in a compelling way.
Ola Kvernberg : «Steamdome II: The Hypogean»
Masterpiece! It’s suggestive, massive, beautiful and always evolving!
Cory Wong : «Golden»
Not an album , but one song. It always makes me dance!

How do you spend your day when you are not making music?

Sleep long and have coffee in bed. Put on some nice music – and sit on the balcony and watch people pass by.
Love watching people doing their daily thing, and making up stories about them. Which in time may turn into some lyrics!

Thanks Falkevik!

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