One of my favorite parts about talking to musicians is getting to the heart of why they make the creative and musical decisions that are then committed to tape or performed live. Why did they choose to write their lyrics in a certain manner? Why did they record their live album in a historic water tower? How will they reimagine older material for an upcoming performance? The thread among many of these conversations is that they are reflections musicians share on what they’ve done or will do.
This week’s conversation with Will and Sam Skarstad – collaborators, brothers and founding members of New York black metal band Yellow Eyes – shares a rare moment of these decisions happening in real time. The two took a break from intensive writing sessions to share observations of how their creative process is unfolding, how they feel about field recordings which have played an important part in creating ambiance and sense of place in past albums, and what they imagine for the follow up to 2019’s Rare Field Ceiling.
Episode Art and HH Logo By: Bryn Gleason
Audio editing, mix and mastering: Esben Willems/Studio Berserk
Music by: Sam Cangelosi
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