NEWMOON – Five Albums That Inspired Debut Album ‘Space’

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Debut Album Space Out October 14th Via PIAS.

Apparently, ‘Head of Stone’ is inspired by the overwhelming feeling of isolation that one can feel at times while travelling through a foreign country. In fact, it was inspired by NEWMOON front man Bert Cannaerts’ experiences as he rode a Japanese bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto. For us, with its extreme tempo shifts from a pummeling drum and guitar combination to a more beautiful and peacefully restrained section, the track perfectly represents that underlining feeling of panic and discomfort that one can feel while on foreign soil contrasted with the moments of tranquil content while soaking in wondrous and alien surroundings for the first time. You can check out the video for the track above.

The track is taken from the group’s debut album Space, which is set for release this October via PIAS. Giel Torfs, who plays guitar and provides backing vocals with the band, recently sat down with us to talk us through the albums that inspired the quintet’s new record.

5. The Jesus And Mary Chain – Darklands 

The Jesus And Mary Chain have been a huge influence on Newmoon for me. Right before we hit the studio to record Space, I came across a first pressing of Darklands on a flea market in Ghent. I just love The Jesus And Mary Chain. Darklands is an amazing album, and the band just looks so cool. The entire sound and aesthetic of this album definitely had a huge impact on Space.

4. Dustin O’Halloran – Lumiere

My brother got me this album as a Christmas present a few years ago. This may be one of the most beautiful records I own. I’ve never heard an album that is so comforting yet scary at the same time. Almost like a beautiful dream and a nightmare at the same time. It’s hard to describe so just give it a listen.

3. The Bilinda Butchers – Heaven

I got this record as birthday present from our singer Bert. We always nerd out about this record so hard. Just the way it sounds, the vocal melodies and some of the songwriting on this album is incredible. Definitely a band that should be a lot bigger than they are. This record inspired a lot of riffs and ideas that eventually made it onto the album.

2. Kanye West

Kanye West is one of my favourite creators of all time. It’s hard to pick just one album because I listen to most of his stuff on a regular basis. I know he’s a pretty polarizing person, but he taught me to just find your own way and make art you believe in. I find it pretty inspiring to see an artist on that level just do what he wants, right or wrong. It makes me want to work just as hard to create what I want to create.

1. James Blake – Overgrown

A lot of my parts on Space were inspired by electronic music. The melancholic yet still danceable music that James Blake made on Overgrown is the perfect example of that. He writes music that seems very lighthearted and simple on the surface, but the deeper you dig, the darker it gets. This is something we really tried to recreate with Space. Writing songs that can be enjoyed on a pretty superficial level, but with loads and loads of layers beneath the surface. And I’d like to think we succeeded in doing that.

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