Four years after their second full-length Earthbeat, Italian trio Be Forest (Erica Terenzi, Costanza Delle Rose and Nicola Lampredi) released a new album. Knocturne is out now via We Were Never Being Boring. The trio enlisted Steve Scanu to assist with production and mixing duties with mastering courtesy of Josh Bonati. We had the pleasure to have a talk with band about the new album, live shows and their roots. Check Erica Terenzi’s answers after the full streaming below.
“Knocturne” is your new album. How it was born and what about the creative process?
Knocturne has had a rather long gestation. It was born, like any of our album, from a visual input, outlined since the first jams. We imagined a place, a floating bubble, between the darkest night and the abysses where to set our “investigations”. Each song was written entirely in the rehearsal room, combining the sounds with words that could caress their shapes.
In the recording studio with Steve, we added other colors with all sorts of instrument required by the songs. We sat down and waited for the sound to call other sounds. It was a very natural process and, at the same time, extremely intense.
It’s been a long time since “Earthbeat” (2014). How this new work is different compared to the previous album?
Well, I personally think that everything has changed from the previous album. I mean, the sound of the guitar is almost the same, maybe a little more incisive and drier. And even the vocals are -obviously- similar, however they occupy a different space compared to the past record: less words but underlinedby the presence of more vocal lines that reinforce their importance within the song.
Surely, “Knocturne” is more akin to “Cold”, they share the same mood but the way of writing bass and drum parts has taken a completely different position. We tried to follow a circular movement that could lull our musical intentions …Let’s see what the listeners will perceive!
You enlisted Steve Scanu to assist with production and mixing duties and recruited Josh Bonati (Mac DeMarco, Zola Jesus, David Lynch) for mastering. What about this collaboration?
We’ve already worked with Steve for “Glow” and we completely fell in love with his way of approaching our music. He usually embraces our ideas about sounds and takes them to a higher level. It was Steve who advised us to contact Josh, we agreed that he was the right person to get his hands in the final stages of the record. He was special to understand what we wanted to say with this album and the way we’d like to do it. We couldn’t be more satisfied about the work we’ve done with them.
The Artwork is stunning. How did you choose it?
Together we’ve chosen the concept for the artwork and everything that revolves around it.
We wanted something that recalled the covers of the other albums but from an opposite point of view: in each of our covers there’s a central subject that captures the eye, but in this one the real subject, the “person” we wanted to portray, becomes the space occupied by the limit between the stage and the audience.
I’m personally attracted by the space under the Bruce Nauman’s chair and I honestly think this artwork could speak a similar language.
I have interest to know more about the relationship between artists and their places and how they affected their art. What is your relationship with your born place (related to music and local scene) and what are your favorite places that had an influence on your way to think music?
Surely the place where you were born defines many aspects of your life, so it also flows into the music you produce. But I believe that sound has its own particular place that grows and expands, self-defining itself. It’s just that space who decides for your music. It doesn’t have much to do with the city or the country you come from. When you play, you live in the place that you and your sound have built.
You announced the first dates of Italy and North American tour, including the official appearance at SXSW and you also are part of “Great Escape” lineup. How much are excited about back on the stage and what do you like most of the live part compared to studio recordings?
We’re really happy to start the tour-life again and very excited to be part of such incredible festivals around the world! This is not the first time for us, but, I mean, it’s always fantastic! Every time we learn something precious about people and, at the same time, it’s the greatest way to understand something new about ourselves. We are very lucky and grateful to be able to play our music without “border” in this historical period …
The work in the recording studio is a kind of “secret”, a confidential conversation between you and your instruments that are playing for the sake of sound. Or it’s perhaps the opposite, I’ve never understood it. The stage instead is the place where your songs come to life and reach the ears of the people in front of you. It’s the magical space where the sound starts to be free and cancel the distance between you and the
audience. It’s totally rad when souls overlap in those moments!
What are the best releases you recently appreciated and which influenced you new album?
This is the hardest question you could ask for, we don’t know how to answer you …
For sure we have different musical tastes and in these years we’ve become accustomed to looking inside ourselves rather than being inspired or influenced by something external. We could say something about our listenings but I think there’s not enough time and it’s not so interesting! Who cares? : )