Thank you for having us! We’re excited and busy! We’ve been preparing for the release of our EP, Glossolalia, in April.
Can you talk to us more about your song “Man Made Machine”?
Sure. For context, the EP as a whole explores how humans are beginning to experience machine problems and machines are beginning to experience human problems. “Man Made Machine” explores how our symbiosis with machines makes us ever more like them. The blend of electronic and acoustic sounds we use brings this theme forward, and the lyrics “…they’re solving my soul / absolving my soul” are sung from the viewpoint of a being transitioning between the biological and mechanical.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
As we mentioned before, it was mainly inspired by our increasingly intertwined lives among electronics. So it’s more like an event on a historical scale.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
Yes! An animated music video is one item on a long list of projects that we have in the works. We’re reaching out to animators like Felix Colgrave and Eran Hilleli, and our long term plan is to create a world of interconnected music videos.
The single comes off your new album Glossolalia – what’s the story behind the title?
The word glossolalia is just a fancy way of saying ‘speaking in tongues.’
Around us, machines are constantly speaking in tongues. Much of computing involves computers ‘shouting’ data back and forth, even though they have no inkling what it means. They have no voices but the voices we give them.
Glossolalia has a strong association with the otherworldly. Many practitioners believe speaking in tongues indicates the touch of their creator. We wanted to explore how that relates to humanity, automation, and the space between.
How has Talking Heads and LCD Soundsystem influenced your music?
When we take influence from a band, we try to seek what they sought instead of copying them directly. For instance, both LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads drew inspiration from West African dance rhythms. Like them, we aim to make music that’s appealing to both the body (good for dancing) and the head (good for listening in your living room or on headphones).
How was the recording and writing process?
Glossolalia was written during last year’s February Album Writing Month (FAWM). Songwriters world-wide are encouraged to write an album’s worth of music in February. The process was really intense. We collectively wrote 22 songs over the course of the month. From there we narrowed it down to the six you hear on the EP. It was exhausting but empowering. Every day you wake up and think of nothing else but how to make it through the current song. But it’s an incredible experience — you learn so quickly from your mistakes. There was also a strong sense of community within the band. We were all striving toward the same goal, pouring all of our energy into making music.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Since our song-writing process is collaborative, our inspiration comes from all over. We like to tell stories with our songs and we imagine that they’re all interconnected. So we have settings, characters and plots that live together in the Partials universe.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! Our album release show will be in Athens, Georgia, the place we call home. Spring and summer dates are in the works. We can’t wait to see where 2018 takes us!
What else is happening next in Partials’ world?
We’re working on a vinyl release of Glossolalia. The pressing will happen at the new Kindercore Vinyl factory right here in Athens!
It’s also February again, so FAWM 2018 is well underway, continuing a season of writing that started several months ago. We’ll be back in the studio this May to record the follow-up to Glossolalia.
There’s also the aforementioned music videos, which are high on the list of priorities.