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INTERVIEW: Noble Oak

Hi Noble Oak, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been well! Thank you for welcoming me.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Distance Gone”?

Certainly, it’s actually the newest song to be recorded on the album and one that wasn’t originally planned to be on it. I wrote it after I’d returned to Vancouver in the spring while taking a look back on my time in Toronto and some of the new challenges that lay ahead.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It came about quite suddenly, not directly from any event per se but while I was experimenting with a new synthesizer model while in my new studio space. I often find inspiration in trying new sounds and seeing how they react with more familiar ones.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not currently, but it would be a great thing to do! 

The single comes off your new album Collapsing Together – what’s the story behind the title?

The title isn’t rooted in one experience or moment, but rather a general idea that came about while writing the first songs. The move to Toronto happened during a very tumultuous time and my mind couldn’t help wandering to the idea that many other people are probably experiencing what I was too. More specifically, many of us could be collapsing together, in spirit or physically. The album is meant to take place immediately after my last record, “Past Life”, hence the first song being named ‘After the Ending’. The title of the album came, semi-coincidentally, to increasingly reflect the current state of our world and its politics, issues that stay very present in my mind.

How was the recording and writing process?

Although I tried to write songs that were sonically quite different from ones I wrote before, the process didn’t deviate too much from what I’ve become used to. Everything was composed and recorded in my Toronto home, with the exception of some drum parts being recorded by my friend Adam in Vancouver and sent over to me. I also managed to make my electric bass work again and used it quite heavily to enhance the live sound. Some other instruments on here that I play which I haven’t on previous records: clarinet, flute, dulcimer and the e-bow for electric guitar. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Much of the inspiration came from experiences in a new city and the sensation of being so far away from the place I’d spent most of my life, the west coast of Canada. A common theme through many of the songs is the idea that we’re connected over long distances, whether we’re aware of it continuously or not, be it through electronic media or some intangible metaphysical link. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes there are! Stay tuned for the details coming in the next little while. 

What else is happening next in Noble Oak’s world?

Lots more music, this time with a much different approach, a different studio space, heading back to the electronic-dance-groove side of the music spectrum. To say that I’m excited to show everyone would be a huge understatement. 

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