If you enjoy dreamy music with alluring harmonies and elements of chillwave, you are going to be all over Snakadaktal. When I first came across the Aussie five-piece, the ethereal and lively qualities of their new single Fall Underneath (taken from their debut LP Sleep In The Water) were fascinating. Now, you might be thinking “what is a Snakadaktal?” But, have no fear, because in this recent interview with the band, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with them about recording in an old horse stable, crackers and dip, and the story behind their name.
AMBY: Hello Snakadaktal, cheers for speaking with us today! What have you been up to?
Snakadaktal: Hello, thank you. We have been having a little bit of a rest, while Sean is away in Vietnam. Lots of songwriting, sleeping, eating. Haha.
AMBY: The band’s new single Fall Underneath sounds amazing. What’s the story behind the song?
Snakadaktal: We wrote the song last year at a house in Mount Macendon. We were inside with a fireplace and a pool table, and outside it was very cold and very beautiful. The song speaks about the immeasurable world and the inevitability of change.
AMBY: You recorded your debut album Sleep In The Water in an old horse stable. What is the significance behind recording there rather than a studio?
Snakadaktal: To record this album we knew that we couldn’t be in an environment that didn’t feel like home. Where the clock is clicking too loud for anyone to focus properly. We wanted to let the music be a part of the space and for us to be living in that space with it. There weren’t any horses recording with us, haha, it was a wonderful few months.
AMBY: What is the meaning behind the title Sleep In The Water?
Snakadaktal: While recording the album we started to notice a few themes popping up in the songs, sonically and lyrically. The album title took us a long time to come to, I guess it made sense to go with the themes that were running through our songwriting; patience, water… so we stuck with ‘Sleep In The Water’, a repeating lyric from the 7th track ‘Too Soon’.
AMBY: How did your ethereal harmonies become such a quintessential part of your sound?
Snakadaktal: It was never really a plan… I guess those things just happen. We are into creating unusual timbres through layering different sounds and exploring different harmonies. Whichever feels right for the song and the story we are telling is the one that sticks in the end.
AMBY: You recently posted a photo with the caption “Fall Underneath film clip coming soon…” What can we expect to see from the video?
Snakadaktal: Well sadly, our initial plan for the video has fallen through… We were all dressed up in Boogie Nights style cloths and acting out stories that made very little sense. But it was a very windy day and the camera had a fall. The footage was really damaged, so we’re currently trying to piece something else together quickly.
AMBY: Where did the name Snakadaktal come from? And what other names had you considered for the band?
Snakadaktal: It was a mythical creature Sean made up a few years ago. One day, somehow, it became our band name. There were a few other funny ideas floating around too i think…
AMBY: If you could invite any three people to record an album with, who would you pick?
Snakadaktal: Kendrick, Jon Hopkins, Gil Scott-Heron.
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?
Snakadaktal: Arctic Monkeys – AM
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Snakadaktal that nobody knows yet?
Snakadaktal: We eat more crackers and dip then imaginable.
Thank you Snakadaktal, for giving us your answers!
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Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout