Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:34:42
Crywolf takes electronic music down a new lane on his Runaway EP with Ianborg. With entrancing hooks and enigmatic production, he elevates the entire genre via undeniable songwriting prowess and clear vision. It's unlike anything out there, and that's what makes it so special.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Crywolf talks the Runaway EP and so much more.
What ties Runaway together for you?
One of the reasons it flows well is that it follows the development of my relationship with one girl. Though I did write the bulk of everything in that one month, a lot of it was based on a series of pieces I had written about this girl during the progression of our relationship over the previous year. The songs share a lot of qualities as far as production goes as well as sharing qualities in terms of the writing.
That cohesion is palpable. You have to listen to it from start to finish.
All of the albums I loved growing up were the ones you could listen to from beginning to end. You listen to them like 500 times, and you know every transition and each word to all of the songs. EPs or albums that are meant to be listened to in one sitting have a lot more longevity, and they stick with people. That's been my goal with the last EPs I've done. I actually made a seamless version of Runaway, which comes as a bonus. On the last EP, Angel, everything was one unit, and each track flowed into the next.
What's the story behind "Aporia"?
That's a really interesting one. It's actually my favorite. It's an idea I've played with for a long time. When you get really close to somebody, there's almost a limit to how close you can get both physically and mentally or emotionally. When you feel a certain desire for an entity, you almost want to break past this barrier, physically, mentally, and emotionally. It's a romantic idea of combining bodies with somebody or combining minds. I've done so much writing on this concept. The reason I write so much about it is because it's hard to articulate. It's the kind of thing I can't quite accept. Basically, it's this idea of melding together, growing into each other, and becoming this one entity. It's far out there, but that's the general concept.
Where did "Eyes Half Closed" come from?
The whole Angel EP was dealing with hopeless more than Runaway was. Runaway was the first EP that dealt purely with positive emotions or emotions that at least had a positive outlook whereas the last one was more hopeless as far as the writing goes. "Eyes Half Closed" was about this place we've come to in a relationship where we both feel that it's not going to work out, but you care so much about the person that you decide to stick with it. You know it's wrong, but you purposefully squint your eyes and decide to see it in a different way.
What artists shaped you?
The artists who shaped me the most are the ones who had really unique lyrical takes on their music. I would say early on it was Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver. It's mostly indie acoustic songwriters who have that unique approach and perspective.
If you were to compare the EP to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
As far as a movie goes, I would actually say Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's the only movie I can think of off the top of my head that approaches romance in a deep and thoughtful way. It's just really hard to think of movies that deal with intense romance in a sober and profound manner. For instance, most movies about romance approach it in a very overly-passionate and surface-level way, whereas I feel like the way I approach it in the Runaway EP is much more subtle. I'm examining the finer points of the intimacy between two people, as opposed to the pop culture, big picture stuff.
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