After their stunning performance during this year’s Open’er Festival, Yeasayer are coming back to Poland with a special show, which thanks to unique visual effects, will not only pamper our ears but also eyes. We asked the band about the details of this project and why they particularly like playing in our country.
Also, as their music is quite tangled and complicated we were curious how the creative process looks like and how the band solves any disagreements in the studio.
musicis.pl: Soon you’re playing in Warsaw, from what I understand we should expect a unique visual experience..?
Yeasayer: Yes, you should. We collaborated with some artists and designers who built a kind of mirrored set that reflects anything that is projected onto, so it’a a pretty interesting project.
musicis.pl: Who came up with the idea of doing such a thing?
Yeasayer: We wanted to do something interesting so we worked with a designer who is based in California, his name is Casey Reas and he designed the whole thing.
musicis.pl: Does it somehow influence your mood while you are playing?
Yeasayer: Yes, definitely. It feels great to be playing on such a stage.
musicis.pl: Each of your three albums differs significantly from the others, is it a kind of rule, ambition which you try to obey or do the changes come naturally?
Yeasayer: It comes naturally in a way, but at the same time a lot of the artists that we like and respect had different sounding albums, for example David Bowie and the Beatles. Bands which repeat themselves over and over again sound boring.
musicis.pl: Why did you choose the title: Fragrant World?
Yeasayer: I think it’s quite evocative, fragrance is a close link to memory in a way and I like the idea of smell and its relationship with nostalgia and memory.
musicis.pl: Do you have a favourite song on Fragrant World or are all of them like your children, so you cannot pick just one?
Yeasayer: It’s like asking which one is your favourite child, we’re very proud of them all.
musicis.pl: A lot of songs on Fragrant World seem to be really tangled and layered, how does your creative process look like? How do you start and how do these songs develop?
Yeasayer: There’s a lot of experimentation, layering different sounds, we’re trying to rehearse different sounds and reach the goal that we’re going for. There’s a lot of having fun in the studio, never settling for anything.
musicis.pl: What happens if you have different visions of a particular track? How do you reach compromise?
Yeasayer: There’s a lot of arguing, debating and rationalizing your choices but in general one person is guiding an individual song, because otherwise it would be difficult.
musicis.pl: In a recent interview for NPR you said that in Poland you feel special energy coming from the audience, is it really so much different here than in other countries?
Yeasayer: Different countries display different energy, but the very first time we played Poland there was a really great, perceptive audience, people were very energetic. Everytime we played there, it was very exciting. There are other great places, but Poland is defititely one of these where we feel that energy.
musicis.pl: Do you remember anything from your last visit to Poland?
Yeasayer: Yeah, I remember we saw Björk playing, it was pretty fun, it was our drummer’s birthday so we all got drunk on vodka.