Interviu: Noblesse Oblige

by | Nov 23, 2010 | Interviuri | #clujlife

Booha Bar anunta evenimentul indie al anului in Cluj Napoca pe 27 noiembrie 2010: Noblesse Oblige

Cu aceasta ocazie am avut cateva intrebari de pus iar Sebastian Lee Philipp si Valerie Renay, membrii formatiei, ne-au si raspuns 🙂

Psaico: For ~4 years now, “Noblesse Oblige” is re-located in Berlin.
Noblesse Oblige: We love being in Berlin!

P: Do you miss the “Caligula” period ?
NO: What’s the point in being nostalgic? I like looking towards the future and what i’ll do next!

P: Please describe, from your personal point of view, your newest album “Malady”.
NO: Our third album, “Malady” is an occult concept album that cites the visual mysticism of Kenneth Anger, Aleister Crowley’s storytelling, and the morbid melancholy of Christina Rossetti’s poetry.

The album is the conclusion of an exploration of the occult, initiated by the the bands’ involvement in Robert Pacitti’s 2009 London Spill Festival Tarot Deck project, for which Noblesse Oblige (in collaboration with photographer Manuel Vason) were asked to visualize their own interpretation of The Lovers Major Arcana card.

The album’s title, partly inspired by Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film Tropical Malady, a modern day ghost story set in the jungle of Thailand, symbolises the mental afflictions and dark temptations of the heart expressed in the album’s eerie tales of voodoo gods, soul electrification, and tropical fevers.

Further inspiration was the Voodoo literature by Haitian writer Rene Depestre and readings of field research work by anthropologist E.E. Evans-Pritchard and his studies of witchcraft and magic among African tribes. The aura of these texts and stories have been incorporated in many of the songs while Valerie, who during her teenage years lived on the french carribean island of Martinique – one of the heartlands of voodo pratice – worked up her own memories of myths and stories told by the locals, including her voodo priestess neighbour.

Fittingly, the production of the album also features several exotic ingredients such as timbales, kazoo and ukulele in continuation of the band’s use of world music sounds, mixed with their tradional blend of kitsch and new wave theatricality – for as dark its subject matter is, Malady contains some Noblesse Oblige’s most melodic and poppy moments yet.

As its predecessor, Malady was recorded at the band’s own studio in Berlin. Using voices, acoustic guitar, drum machine, live percussion and only sparse electronics, Malady features N.O.’s most stripped down and acoustic production to date that was based on a series of Live-take recordings and minimal post production.

The album artwork features photography made in collaboration with Bulgarian artist Kiril Bikov, who has relevantly captured Malady’s romantic gloom, incorporating all the elements referred to on the album.

P: You’ve had many live shows in Europe and South America. Did you noticed any differences for the crowds ?
NO: People are different all over the world, according to their culture and way of life so they behave differently at our concerts. Brazil was the sexiest most demonstrative crowd!

P: You’ve been before to Bucharest but this will be your first time in Cluj Napoca. Do you have any expectations ? Especially for the crowd 🙂
NO: I like being surprised! I never have expectations.

P: Noticed your social media accounts. Who’s writing on the twitter or facebook account ?
NO: That’s a secret… For more info check BIO/Press Release/ Videos/Photos on myspace.

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