In Session: Pablo Nouvelle – Music
Speaking on the new album, you said it was about finding the relationship between the human connection and mother nature. Can you expand?
I have to quote Kinnship, who wrote all the lyrics to answer this question. There is a line in the title song ‘Stones & Geysers’, which says, “I tend to think about spiritual things in a physical way.”
This line sums up the whole album, and it’s an exploration to try to talk about spiritual or emotional concepts in finer terms. We both take a lot of inspiration from nature, and it’s a place of deeper connection, realizing that there is more to life than ourselves and everything we are dealing with, but ultimately , nature is a physical thing. Geysers, for example, can represent the process of anger, resentment, and subsequently forgiveness. Pressure often builds up with negative emotions, but when forgiveness is exercised it can bring a release of pressure and also powerful beauty – just like when a geyser erupts.
You recently mentioned that you created a lot of this album at Pirate Studios – what was that experience like? Does this creative atmosphere help you in your production?
We wrote most of the songs in London where hardly anyone can afford to have their own studio. So we became studio nomads and wrote songs wherever we could find space for a day. At the best of times, you end up in a studio with equipment that will help you create sounds you won’t find elsewhere. On the flip side, it’s comfortable to have your favorite synths nearby when you know exactly what kind of sound you’re looking for at any given time. I guess it was the mix of the two extremes and the variety that helped make these sessions unique. For me, London definitely has that distinguished creative aura. I can even smell it in the metro!
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There are a lot of moments in ‘Stones & Geysers’ that seem quite ambient and mellow. Why did you choose these downtempo sounds?
‘Stones & Geysers’ is far from being a dance record. Although it is based mostly on electronic elements like the synth and programmed drums, it is nonchalant and calm. Probably not very trendy, but I hope that thanks to that it is also timeless and will be a good listen in ten years.
Your live sessions are hypnotic, you seem to navigate with a lot of material. How did you find out about the material you are using?
You try to get your hands on the object of desire and then work your way through the beast for yourself. I’m far from being a modular synthâ¦ or a live nerd. I’m looking for presets or sampled sounds and take them as a starting point for writing and producing songs.
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Can you tell us a bit about your In Session mix?
With this In Session mix, I tried to turn it around and present the songs in a more dance-related context – it’s quite a journey through all kinds of different BPMs. I couldn’t wait to include some of my favorite artists of the moment again, like Fred, Overmono, Weval and Susso. I smuggled in there an evergreen tree from my all-time favorite electronic band, Mount Kimbie, and it contains an exclusive remix I made for my former guitarist Long Tall Jefferson as well as many tracks from it. ‘Stones & Geysers’ album.
‘Stones & Geysers’ is now available. Take your copy here.
Gemma Ross is Mixmag’s digital intern, follow her on Twitter