Swedish husband-wife duo The Forest & The Trees (Joel and Linnea Edin) are channeling the bittersweet lyrics and playful pop melodies of their influences on their new album Missions. Out on June 16th via Best Fit Recordings, Missions serves as a follow-up album to their 2010 self-titled debut. Ahead of its release, A Music Blog, Yea? had a chat with Joel and Linnea to discuss power ballads, being older and wiser, artists from Sweden, and how they’re suckers for TV shows — enjoy!
AMBY: Hello The Forest & The Trees, welcome to our site. What’s the band been up to lately?
The Forest & The Trees: Hi! We’re recovering from last night when we celebrated the release of our upcoming album. All of our friends were there and we had an amazing time performing all of the new album tracks! These last few years we’ve been working with the album, at the same time Linnea’s been working as a journalist and Joel has been studying at the university. Two years ago we both took a break and moved to Spain for a few months, and that’s where we finally figured out what we wanted the new album to sound like. When we got home to Stockholm we kept writing songs and recording in our studio Grönskan. Then we got in touch with the producer/mixer Johannes Berglund and started to work with him, and we felt like the last pieces fell into place!
AMBY: How would you describe each other in one word?
The Forest & The Trees: Linnea about Joel: Entertainer (He loves telling stories, although his bad memory makes them a little bit different every time). Joel about Linnea: Emotional (In a good way, haha)
AMBY: You soon release your second record Missions. What was the best moment you had while recording it?
The Forest & The Trees: Oh, that’s a difficult question, hmm… It was so much fun recording strings with Hanna and Anna from STHLM Strings and it was also a special moment when we heard Johannes mix of our power ballad “The song that breaks my heart” for the first time. But one of the best moments was probably when we came up with the sound for “Flesh & bones” with the 12 string guitar and our drummer Simons weird shuffle beat.
AMBY: When it comes to the title, what inspired calling the album Missions?
The Forest & The Trees: We didn’t write the songs with a specific theme in mind, but as we put together the songs for the album we realized that there is a connection between most of the songs. Whereas our first album evolved around escaping and fear of growing up, the new songs are mostly about facing that fear and dealing with stuff instead of running away. We decided to name the album Missions, from one of the songs on the album, because it summed up the album in a way. This album is more positive. Even though we’re writing about things that we see as problems in our lives, in society or whatever, these songs are more about facing those things and doing something about it, than escaping
AMBY: How do you feel you’ve evolved as a band from the release of your self-titled debut?
The Forest & The Trees: We’re older and wiser, haha! When it comes to the sound, this album is more direct and with less folk influences. And we have found better ways of cooperating when it comes to the song writing. These songs are very much 50% Joel and 50% Linnea.
AMBY: Which other artists from Sweden should we keep our eyes on?
The Forest & The Trees: Our dear friends Staphan O’bell, Sad, vibrant & the power and KHOE are all great artists with great promise! Also Little children, Vanbot, Side effects and Caviare days are wonderful and deserve more attention.
AMBY: If you could choose to have your music featured in any movie or show, which would you choose?
The Forest & The Trees: We’re such suckers for TV-shows and more or less love all the HBO productions. It would be a wet dream to have our music featured in Girls, a show that captures our time in the most accurate and fun way. Lena Dunham is a genius. If we had to pick one movie, it would probably be something by Sofia Coppola, Wes Anderson or Paul Thomas Anderson.
AMBY: What has you most excited for the rest of 2014?
The Forest & The Trees: Needless to say, we’re of course super excited about finally releasing the album! We’re looking forward to sharing the new music and hope to get out and play a lot.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about The Forest & The Trees that nobody knows yet?
The Forest & The Trees: The best way for Linnea to get in the right mood when recording vocals is to get a rush from the Swedish tobacco snus. Usually she hates it ‘cause it makes her sick, but in the studio that’s her fix!
Thank you The Forest & The Trees, for giving us your answers!
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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout