For those of you in need of all the zen vibes this weekend, the dreamy duo Babel have released “Morby”, the ultimate track for those destination-less late night drives. In-keeping with the bands delicate approach to electro-pop sounds, “Morby” is a multi-layered soundscape filled with tender vocals and satisfying hooks. With an overarching presence of calm, the single is all you need to switch off from the chaos of the working week.
Dropped with a self-directed visual, “Morby” comes to life in the scenic hills of Finland, where the duo voyage into the distance while the glowing track plays on. Reminiscent of the soothing sounds of Mazzy Star, Babel add their signature flair with the use of reverb — showcasing the bands most evocative and moving song-writing to date.
To celebrate the release of “Morby”, we spoke with the band about their latest track, and the journey that brought them to where they are today. To stream the track and to read the interview, head below…
Heya Babel, how are you? How has this past year been?
M: I don’t mind the pandemic ending but otherwise great!
K: Hey! These times have been so weird but there’s hope in the air, the spring is here!
With everything that happened during the pandemic, was your creativity affected?
M: not really, we had more time to relax while we waited for this release.
K: I think I got more creative because of the free time I had. We composed a lot of new music which was fun.
How did you first get into music? What was your earliest memory?
M: always been into music
K: Since the day one.
And where are you from? Do you think your hometown impacted your sound?
K: We are based in Helsinki. My mom made me listen to jazz every day when I was little. I think it affected to my musical taste in a positive way but as a teenager I hated it.
M: My home is where the DAW is, and we mainly listen the same music everybody else in the world. Traditional Finnish music sounds a bit weird and depressing, never been into it.
Let’s talk about your debut album, what was your mindset going into it?
K: We we’re constantly talking about music while making our debut. We got to know each other better during the process, it was fun to share all the greatest songs we knew and draw inspiration from there. We also had long conversations of yoga as a cult.
With it being your debut, have you felt pressure in any way?
M: we’ve learned to avoid that so no, we love to be in the studio and once in, we never want to get out.
K: the studio is our comfort zone.
What song means the most to you?
M: maybe the last song Leo, its so sincere I almost feel embarrassed but still think it sounds a bit like a lost classic.
K: I love promise, the beat makes me want to dance every time I hear it.
What do you hope people take away from your music?
K: I want to create music that invites one to dream and imagine things.
M: A place to dive in and forget about everything.
Who inspires you?
M: Pet Shop Boys.
K: Mikko and all the people who are open to life.
What are you most excited for? What’s next?
M: about our next album, it’ll be flawless.
K: I’m excited to see how listeners will receive Yoga Horror, it’s so familiar to us already. I know we’ll have so much fun in our gigs. Our upcoming album is going to be ten out of ten!