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LEPROUS Front-man EINAR SOLBERG Talks “Pitfalls” Album Direction: “We Still Have a Lot Of Guitars On It, We’re Just Using Them In a Different Way”

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Changes in musical direction have always  been a part of what Leprous are about. On the new album “Pitfalls” set for release on October 25th (check out our comprehensive review here), the Norwegians are taking it to new territories, with quite a departure from their previous effort, 2017’s “Malina”. Written during a time when front-man Einar Solberg was dealing with depression, “Pitfalls” is a very personal account of how he dealt with this condition. And as such, it doesn’t follow straight lines or a predictable narrative, but places its bets on the confused state and mood swings brought by this disease. There are moments of relief of course, but it concludes itself in dramatic fashion, with the longest and weirdest track as the album closer.

Clocking in at 55 minutes,and nine songs, “Pitfalls” could be split in two halves: the first one representing the poppier side of the band’s sound, and the second one being a lot more experimental and progressive. And while there’s definitely a conceptual theme running through the lyrics, on the musical side every one of the compositions has a distinct flavor and stands on its own. The album was produced by Solberg with David Castillo, who worked on “Malina”, and mixed by Adam Noble, who previously collaborated with bands like Placebo and Deaf Havana.

The uncompromising nature of “Pitfalls” is transpired also by the way their members speak fondly of this release. Einar sat down with Sonic Perspectives collaborator Rodrigo Altaf to discuss several aspects of the writing and recording of the album, how the new songs will blend in with the back catalogue on stage, and a myriad of other topics. As usual listen to their talk below and remember to subscribe to our Podcast in several platforms to listen and be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.

Slideshow photographs by Stalker Magazine Rocks, Ton Dekkers and Diego Ojeda

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