Released 7th of December by Capiroto Records, Andromedary is the newest release by Swedish artist from Stockholm, Moran Gang. After his previous EP entitled Squid Tango, produced for a dance performance. Moran Gang also has another project which is his “main persona” as an artist, Nathanael Saposnikoff, released in the same year independently. With a more delicate, psychedelic rock influenced sound. With special remarks to Not Welcome and all its power. We interview him in November 2018, before the release of Andromedary, asking him to tell a bit of his story and what inspired him as an artist:
1) How was the process of composing Andromedary? What were the instruments you used to record it? How do you like to work in the studio? Considering both of your projects. How’s your creative flow?
Andromedary started out with me messing around with the Pro Tools stock synths. Usually I work in Logic so I was just trying to get my head around Pro Tools and found this synth sound I actually liked. I drenched the vocals with chorus effects and then added a lot of swell synth pads and resonance effects using a Korg Minilogue. My favourite part, though, was recording a bunch of vocal parts and then putting them all through a step sequencer.
For me it’s all about emotions and communicating a certain feeling. For most Nathanel Saposnikoff it’s a process of improvising with myself until I have a pretty solid feel of where things are going sound- and groove-wise. Vocals and lyrics are basically the last thing I do. Sometimes I write with a theme in mind and sometimes the emotion itself serves as a theme – even though that’s more hard to express in words. I seldom try to copy sounds or songs, it’s more of a in-the-moment kind of process.
With Moran Gang it’s a bit different. I generally don’t get caught too much in trying to achieve a certain feel or emotion, it’s more about the experimentation and having fun. I don’t put as much boundaries on Moran Gang, which is a big relief and a great way of finding an outlet musically.
2) What changed from Squid Tango until now?
Squid Tango was made together with dancers for a dance performance. It was made thematically and as a project with a clear goal. I love working with people from other art forms to try and achieve something from very different perspectives. We worked a lot brain storming ideas and using free association, on many hands throughout the process.
Now I’m continuing to produce Moran Gang’s material on my own. So the biggest difference is that I’m doing it all solo, but also that I’m kind of switching formats from a soundscape/noise/techno kind of music – meant to accompany other things happening in the room – to a more song based material. Squid tango was also all instrumental, from now on it won’t be. I guess it’ll be easier to listen a shorter track.
3) What are your future plans with both of your projects?
To keep writing and producing. I do it for myself, I feel the need to express myself musically. I still play in groups, but there’s a certain freedom to making music all on your own. The reason I want to release it is that, if I like it, someone else might like it too.
4) What are your biggest influences in music considering both of your projects? What do you like to listen? Who were the key influences for Moran Gang’s project?
For Moran Gang I have to say John Maus, no doubt.
For Saposnikoff I think Daniel Norgren. But of course there’s a a lot of Mac Demarco and Tame Impala kind of retro vibe going on there as well. But I seldom try to recreate what I listen to or play a certain genre, which is why it might sound a little schizo or hard to pin point sometimes.
5) Besides producing your own music, are you also connected with other ways of expressing yourself artistically?
Well I do make the artwork for both projects on my own, which is fun, but I really don’t consider myself a photographer or artist in that sense. I just do it for fun and more like a DIY thing. I have to say that I spend most of my time making music, if not with Moran Gang or Nathanael Saposnikoff its punk drumming with The Wave or experimental impro flute drone with Duo Woland.
6) Why the name Andromedary? Why this specific animal served as inspiration for your work?
Well from Squids you can really only go one direction. Add some galaxies to the mix and you have the perfect visual for any Moran Gang song.
Not Welcome by Nathanaeal Saposnikoff has been added to our Spotify playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden: