The Swedish dream-pop trio talk their upcoming sophomore album, new single “Fool Alone”, and how they only write new music on Mondays…
Having gained success from their previous single “Summer Off 99” and “Rendezvous”, Swedish dream-pop trio ViVii return with the third teaser of their forthcoming album, “Fool Alone”. Offering us wistful vocals and layers of spellbinding melodies, trio transports us to dreamy spring days with country guitar-tinged rhythms and bright melodic bass lines.
Bringing back the same soaring energy as before, the trio opened up on their latest single, stating, “A teenage love that keeps you hospitalised. A buzz that you can’t and don’t want to get out of. We wanted the song to feel like it was played by elementary school kids sitting in a circle playing guitars, tambourine and bongo drums.”
The trio – consisting of singers Emil and Caroline, and multi-instrumentalist and producer Anders Eckeborn – have been working on their upcoming untitled sophomore album for a while, blending elements of nostalgic pre-seventies harmonies with contemporary studio electronic. With the album still without a release date, we caught up with the group talking the production of the album, Swedish influence and how they only write songs on Mondays…
Check out the interview below…
Hi ViVii – how have you been during this uncertain time? How has it impacted your music and creativity?
Well for us it has just pointed us in the direction towards our studio even more than before. But we are quite used to living in some sort of self quarantine when we are trying to finish songs. But I believe this record is a bright one.
How did you three meet?
Caroline: Anders and Emil met when they studied music. Anders was so dedicated to his beloved cello and Emil was dedicated to the PlayStation and ping pong room, yet they found each other in realizing they liked the same type of melodies. I remember seeing Anders playing the guitar at some concert and then trying to talk to him afterwards but there were too many girls around him.
Anders: Me and Emil met at summer camp when we were too young
How did growing up in Sweden influence you sonically? Who are your musical heroes?
Swedes often say it’s something in our weather. Cold and dark for 9 months and then bright light 24/7 for three months. But in the world of writing music you can always find bright light no matter how dark it is outside, I guess…The heroes are many, from Elvis, to the classical music greats, to German techno like Bodzin.
How would you describe your genre?
It’s hard for us to put ourselves in a specific genre, that’s for the listeners to decide. I know that we are always looking for the best possible melodies over the chords we choose to use.
Congratulations on your new single “Fool Alone” – what was it inspired by?
Thanks! The inner movie theatre in our heads often plays out the story before we then write a song. So for this one, it was the simplicity of writing a song with just a guitar. And that this song could be played by 20 elementary school kids. And the storyline would be sung by teenagers who are confused and in love.
And it’s taken from your forthcoming second album – what can you tell us about it?
It’s an album that has been written on Mondays only. Monday equals new week and a new song. It has become a work method unintentionally this time around, you’ve got to work with what you have.
What ties it together as a body of work?
Well, the story goes from the 60s jingle jangle to the German techno 4 to the floor. We wanted the studio time to feel like there are no dos and don’ts, a small yet big portion of freedom in a hectic life.
What’s the most unusual place you pull inspiration from?
From Ander’s wife’s cooking!
What do you want fans to take from your music?
That is a tough one… Hopefully, fans will feel that the music is honest and that they can make up their own truth about the meaning of the songs.
What’s next for you? What are you looking forward to in 2021?
Gonna try to finish this album and then hopefully be able to go on tour again. Let’s just hope this pandemic nightmare will come to an end. We don’t feel like using the laptop screen as our audience, we all hunger for human interaction when it comes to playing live music.