Can you talk to us more about your song “In The Night”?
This song is special because it mixes various genres, starting with a slowly-building introduction with a rhythm that is more upbeat and straightforward than the ones I usually make, even a bit rough, and transitioning to something softer and more melancholic as the song goes on. In the end both sides meet and together disappear slowly. You can hear some influences of Caribou, David August and others.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes, something that affected someone close to me. But I would rather let anyone make their own interpretation.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Not at this stage, not for this song at least. We have some ideas for a video for another track in the EP but it’ll all depend on the success of the EP. It would be great though!
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
Because it was the name that represented best the EP in my opinion. It felt like the natural title. In my view the first 3 tracks (“Banque”, “If You Let Me” and “Fakir”) are more consistent in style, so I picked the last that stands out a bit as the album title. It doesn’t mean that it is the lead single, quite the contrary. To me this track is more like a bonus track at the end of the EP.
How was the recording and writing process?
When I made the track I wanted to make something different. I tried a lot of new sounds and melodies that I don’t usually use, for the drums, the bass, the synths. I started off with a simple four-on-the-floor beat. I added percussions on the off beats with lots of reverb, and a hypnotic repetitive bass around. Then melancholic chords on the downbeats. I then completely forgot about the track and found it back a few months later. That’s when I added the soft part in the middle. The lyrics and vocal melodies came really naturally after that.
What role does Sweden plays in your music?
A big one! I met Paul and Alex from HMWL shortly after moving here, after sending a demo (“Anthropology”) to local Swedish blogs. They told me they were about to start a label around their blog. I sent them more demos and we signed. It’s also really motivating to be in Sweden where a lot of things are happening in the digital music scene.
How does your PHD in Acoustics have influence your sound?
I recently gave an interview to About Blank about that (https://about-blank.co/neecodelaf/). It helped me to understand more how sound is processed, propagated and perceived. So it probably influences some decisions that I make.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
In anything really. I’m not being very original here, but in the ups and downs of everyday life. For the vocals and lyrics, I try not to push them: if they come naturally I’ll add some, if they don’t I leave the track purely instrumental.
Any plans to hit the road?
Got a couple of singles nearly ready for release and that will be the next step. Collaborating with Flora Cash was really fun and I’m looking forward to doing more collaborations in the future.
What else is happening next in Neeco Delaf’s world?
More music 🙂 On a personal level, defending my PhD. On the music side, always looking to improve my sound and prepare new exciting releases.