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Approved: Flying Moon In Space

By | Published on Tuesday 17 May 2022

Flying Moon In Space

Set to release their second album, ‘Zwei’, next month, Flying Moon In Space have taken the experimentalism of their earlier work, infused it with more pop, and created an exhilarating motorik sound.

Following the recently released ‘The Day The Moon Was Made’, their latest single is ‘Optimist’, of which vocalist Atom Parks says: “It’s been said that the last thing to die is hope. Sometimes it comes in the form of a projected apparition, or was it a friend? Remember the phone call before the private gallows are built and the noose is tied. Remember the wonder that can still exist in life”.

As for how they developed their sound on this album, guitarist Henrik Rohde explains: “Just like many other artists we used the time without concerts for a creative process. This started digitally at first. We used a concept that everyone has actually known since childhood – a game we call ‘Stille Post’ here [in Germany]”.

“You whisper something in someone’s ear and after a while the content has evolved into something new”, he goes on. “We started a circle and each of us got a different tone, recorded a single line each, set a tempo and let go until we received a complete track. This was actually the starting point of ‘Zwei’”.

Coming out of lockdown, the band found themselves with an album’s worth of demoes, and relocated to an old church in a forest in the Czech Republic.

“We lived there all together for three weeks last summer and recorded our second album”, Rohde continues. “It was the perfect atmosphere to bring these ideas to life. Musically it turned out to be somehow something completely new to us as we usually develop our ideas out of improvised sets we play live”.

“As a result”, he adds, “‘Zwei’ has a more structured, poppy side compared to our debut, even though soundwise we opened up to more experimental layers – using synthesisers for the first time, as well as loops and field recordings of the church and surrounding forest. I guess generally you can say that the process behind this LP was manifold – testing out personal and aesthetic borders, and carrying on our idea of what Flying Moon In Space can be sonically”.

‘Zwei’ is set for release on 24 Jun through Fuzz Club. The band will also be in the UK for live shows in June and July, including the Shacklewell Arms in London on 30 Jun.

Listen to ‘Optimist’ here: