(ANONYMOUS PUPPET MASTER) How did Prequelle all come together?
“I started work as soon as we got off the last cycle of touring. Well, we started in the studio midaugust 2017, so before we played Bloodstock, we’d kicked it off in the studio. However, we didn’t start with a blank canvas. I already had a pretty vague idea of where some tracks and elements were going, but thematically I already had a very clear idea of what the album would be about, even before Meliora . This was always going to follow it. Making Meliora, I already had the two albums in mind and presented both to the producer, and he chose and said, ‘I want to do Meliora.’ It’s never done start to finish in one go with Ghost. We’re already compiling stuff for the next album. But then you can take a lot of different turns with it – things get intensified in the studio, 10am–6pm. That’s when you work on it and things change.”
How easy is it to make things like the saxophone freakout on Miasma happen? Do you play?
“THIS ALBUM IS GOD’S WRATH – THE PLAGUE…” TOBIAS FORGE
“When I write a song, I write every instrument. This is how the drums go, this is the guitar, the bass… It’s like a composition. If I was to choose one instrument that I do the most on, it’d be the guitar, but I am also a drummer, I can play bass, a little bit of keyboards. I’m more of a songwriter than I am an instrumentalist. For this record, if there’s a saxophone part, I can hear it in my head, but I can’t do it myself, so I call someone who’s really good at sax. It’s the same way you have a director telling an actor how to say a line: ‘This is what I want it to convey.’”
There’s a heavy theme about survival and the plague on the album. How come?
“I wanted to do Meliora as a godless album, and this as God’s wrath – the plague. The time was right for that, with the world as it is – but one in Ghost’s own style.”