Hi Paul and Lauren, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Great! Lots of exciting emotions this week.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bloom”?
Yes! “Bloom” was a big song for us to finish, and a very meaningful one. It really inspired a lot of the themes on the record, and also pushed us to try some new production and arrangement ideas. It’s amazing to finally have the song, and the record out.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Two events actually – I saw a friend’s band, Uni, in NYC and it sort of inspired us to push a song a bit more into a psychedelic direction, something we’ve never really done before, for fun. And then, believe it or not, the idea “baby we’re about to bloom” just came to me in the shower the next day. Lauren and I then wrote the whole song that afternoon.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
We were so so lucky with Ben Philippo’s vision and concept for the video. He pitched us the idea of shooting a drag cabaret and its performers documentary style, and it couldn’t have been a better fit for the song and its meaning. Honestly, we just discussed a few things, but mostly let him flow. It means so much to have such a beautiful and meaningful visual to pair with the song.
The single comes off your new album Full Bloom – what’s the story behind the title?
Last year, we had discussed releasing the album in a different way, perhaps in parts, or in two halves. When we wrote “Bloom” and the focus of the album really shifted to this idea of growth, and transformation, we thought – this’ll be perfect to present over time, let’s let the album grow too. And from that came the idea of First Bloom, and Full Bloom.
Did the track “Bloom” kind of influence the record title?
Definitely! We had already been honing in on a few themes of transformation and growth, but when we finished “Bloom” it really all just came together.
How was the recording and writing process?
Each song was very different. We recorded in my home studio, at Lauren’s studio, in Brooklyn, at an Airbnb in Los Angeles, and even Montreal. I think all together we recorded this in about 10 or 11 different rooms. It keeps us excited and inspired. Lauren and I approached each song differently too, some songs we’d sit at a piano and write in the moment (“When the Summer Ends”) whereas others like “It’s Gonna Be Alright,” we finished the production and then chipped away at ideas and lyrics and concepts. Each song has a very different evolution.
What role does Brooklyn play in your music?
Brooklyn will always be where this sense of experimentation started. I think we were just exposed to so much different music, and all the energy that goes with it while living there, and that always be somewhere in every song.
How have the cultures you’ve gotten to meet along the way influenced your music?
A lot! And we’ve been very fortunate for it. We just got back from 10 countries in Europe, and every single one definitely left its mark. Beyond that, in the past, visiting places like Brazil and Mexico also left a huge impression. Musically, but also just in the way life moves, it can teach you a lot. Every culture has a different rhythm, physically and emotionally.
What aspect of new beginnings did you get to explore on this record?
“Everything’s A Season” explores the idea that life is always changing, and it’s ok – allow that change to happen. “New Moves” quite literally talks about the ability to learn new things and move forward, if you want to. And “Bloom” is all about the transformation into something new and beautiful.We tried to cover a lot of angles in exploring that idea.
What made you want to touch on these themes?
I always wanted to zoom in on this record, and especially working with Lauren, she pushes me to write more personally and intimately as well. I also think at this point in our lives, everything and everyone around us is changing, and we’ve been making music long enough to have a good bit of perspective, the idea of exploring “change” and “growth” just really connected with us.
Was this record in some way a whole new beginning for the band as well?
Definitely! This record is very much our record, it really represents how close Lauren and I have become as writers and friends, and it’s nice to have a body of work like this to reflect that.
Where else did you find the inspiration for these songs and lyrics?
In each other, our travels, and our partners too – we both got married since the last record, and I think our relationships with our wives also changed us and inspired us.
Any plans to get back on the road?
Yes! Hopefully a lot later this year, we’re working through all the plans now.
What else is happening in Savoir Adore’s world?