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Swedish death-gospel singer Louise Lemón ex­plains the sto­ries be­hind the songs on

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Ents -

LouiSe Lemón firSt graced the pages of Metal Ham­mer last spring, fol­low­ing the re­lease of her de­but al­bum, Purge. Tracked in a haunted cabin in the woods and pro­duced by Ran­dall Dunn, whose list of cred­its in­cludes Sunn O))), Chelsea Wolfe and Myrkur, it in­tro­duced the Swedish singer-song­writer’s haunt­ing ‘death-gospel’ mu­sic to the world. Fol­low-up al­bum A Bro­ken Heart Is An Open Heart de­liv­ers more of the same, its heartwrenc­h­ing lyrics and mys­te­ri­ous at­mos­phere fil­ter­ing through a haze of vin­tage pro­duc­tion. We asked her to talk us through the songs on our ex­clu­sive sam­pler, The Art Of Fall­ing: An In­tro­duc­tion

To Louise Lemón, fea­tur­ing new, old and live tracks.

not enough

“On this track, I re­ally felt like we found the ex­act sound I was look­ing for when we were in the Copen­hagen vin­tage studio. I wanted to pol­ish the sound in a way, but still re­ally keep an hon­est way to it. For me, the feel of this song says so much and Ran­dall Dunn’s vibe on it just made it per­fect.”

Swim­ming in Sad­neSS “When we recorded the demo for this track, we were so in this zone of these heavy feel­ings – so much that when we left the studio, we just started laugh­ing at what a dark song we had cre­ated.”

ap­paLach­erna

“This track was writ­ten dur­ing the record­ing ses­sion in the Swedish forests, be­tween track­ing the other songs. It re­ally flooded out of me and con­cluded [the ses­sions for de­but al­bum] Purge in a very beau­ti­ful way.”

thirSt

“This song is the first one of mine that aired in a TV show. It was a very spe­cial mo­ment to hear it on the ABC show Un­REAL.”

egyp­tian dark­neSS

“‘Yah­weh then said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand to­wards heaven, and let dark­ness, dark­ness so thick that it can be felt, cover Egypt.’”

phiLippe (Studio out­take -

ex­cLu­Sive)

“I’ve played this song live once, with just or­gans and drums. This ver­sion is a demo one we made dur­ing the Purge record­ing. Philippe is ev­ery man and no man.”

thirSt (Live at vega)

“Ev­ery time we play this track live you can feel the en­ergy of the crowd re­ally ris­ing. It’s just got­ten more and more heavy live with my won­der­ful band. Dur­ing our tour with Sól­stafir this one re­ally got

the crowd go­ing.”

croSS (Live at vega)

“This song is about grow­ing up with an ab­sent fa­ther. It’s not a sad song, though – it’s about bury­ing that past.”

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