Loving Backwards is a project led by composer, guitarist, and vocalist Or Izekson. “Drinking Stone,” the 3rd single from their upcoming debut album, is a trippy, amalgamation of harmonies. Read our discussion below!
Describe your sound in 3 words
(very) alternative rock
Tell us a few things about Drinking Stone and your upcoming album Rubbish Twilights. What is the main idea behind it?
Drinking Stone is a song that was written in Utrecht, Netherlands, under the influence, so to speak. It sort of Undeliberately shifts between various harmonic structures & evolving melody lines. The lyrics deal with a need to “carry on” without ever fully accomplishing it.
If there is an idea behind the making of Rubbish Twilights, it must be the objective of creating a kind of sound that sort of combines raw elements of psych-rock, mainly that of UK in the early 70s, with a more modern, direct approach towards sound design. Part of it, in our eyes, is giving ourselves absolute freedom in doing whatever we feel like in terms of un-routine arrangements and weird song structures while keeping the songs themselves pretty short.
How do you ensure that the essence and feeling of tracks that should have been eight-minute long compositions are captured in shorter versions?
Not giving up on musical ideas no matter the so-called “cost”. These are not even shorter versions of songs that were longer on a previous version. We never found ourselves saying: ok, now let’s shorten this song. It’s just short songs that sometimes feel longer because they’re packed with musical ideas, and not in a “prog” kind of way. Or at least that’s what we hope…
A spaceship from a far away galaxy visits us tomorrow and wants to learn what psychedelia is. What makes a song psychedelic?
It’s no doubt that the definition is overused. In my mind, a song that is “psychedelic” is a song that holds surprises and which is unpredictable. In that aspect, some classical music pieces are most definitely psychedelic.
Favorite album of the past 3 years?
Department of Eagles – The Cold Nose. My god they’re brilliant.
What is the story behind your name?
Loving the past, I guess, or loving not how love wants you to.
What isn’t a crime but should be?
What book or series did you wish you could live in?
Stanislav Lem’s “Solaris” always captured my imagination. I’d like to visit that planet sometime
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