Arms & Sleepers: “fiecare album este o documentare”

Buna Mirza, eu sunt Andrei si reprezint radio-ul EclecticFm!
Felicitari pentru noul si grozavul vostru disc “Swim Team”! Majoritatea intrebarilor vor fi despre acest album care nu inceteaza sa imi placa si sa ma fascineze.
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1.Daca ar fi sa va descriu albumul drept macro, ce a-ti avea de comentat?
Nu am mai auzit pe cineva sa se refera la muzica drept micro sau macro, deci este un gand foarte interesant. Pot spune ca sunt bucuros sa aud asta – pentru ca eu consider ca noul nostrum album, mai mult decat cele din trecut, este mult mai legat, un material coeziv, noi am lucrat din greu sa facem in asa fel incat cantecele sa faca sens impreuna. Daca ar fi sa folosesc distinctia micro/macro, m-as referi la “Black Paris 86” sau “The Organ Hearts” drept inregistrari micro, sparte in diferite section cu propriile sunete si stari de spirit. Aceste albume nu erau facute sa fie ascultate de la un capat la altul, in timp ce “Swim Team” are sens, unitate si cursivitate.

2.Cu narativa albumul documentati ceva anume? Eu o simt ca pe o documentare.
Eu cred ca fiecare album sau opera de arta in general este o documentare – vine de la o persoana care exprima/ documenteaza gandurile si sentimentele sale printr-o forma de arta care i se pare in acel moment naturala. Pentru noi, fiecare album este o reflectie a starii noastre de moment. In ultimii ani, am fost mai introspective fata de vietile noastre individuale dar si colective in time ce in acelasi timp eram concentrati pe viitor. Asa ca este o combinatie ciudata a trecutului, prezentului si reflectie asupra viitorului, iar “Swim Team” este o documentare a sentimentelor rezultante.

3. Vorbeste-mi te rog despre texturile pe care le ascultam. Exista ceva inregistrari de afara mai deosebite?
Sunt nenumarate texture sonore pe “Swim Team”, care vin din inregistrari mai vechi pe care le-am facut. Multe dintre mostre sunt chiar din fostele noastre cantece lansate deja, dar manipulate in asa fel incat sa fie irecogniscibile. De obicei, noi refolosim foarte multe din inregistrarile noastre facute de-a lungul timpului pentru ca exista atat de mult potential si se pot realiza atat de multe lucruri diferite cu doar un sunet. Asa ca majoritatea lucrurilor pe care le sesizezi pe “Swim Team” pot fi incadrate drept sunete “reciclate” din libraria noastra proprie pe care am acumulat-o si contruit-o in ultimii opt ani.

4.Care este prima ta amintire cu o piscina? Ai fost vreodata intr-o echipa de inot?
Nu am fost niciodata intr-o echipa de inot. Prima mea amintire a unei piscine dateaza din Bosnia Herzegovina unde m-am nascut si unde am locuit pana la 9 ani. Parintii mei m-au dus la munte in afara Sarajevo-ului intr-un sat numit Igman unde am stat la o pensiune care avea piscine interioara. Am petrecut mult timp acolo si nu neaparat innotand, mai degraba fascinat de contrastul dintre oamenii pe jumatate dezbracati din apa de o parte si de zapada si gheata de afara de cealalta parte a geamului. Imi este inca foarte clara amintirea acelei piscine si a atmosferei de acolo, mai ales pentru ca este una din ultimele amintiri placute ale copilariei mele.

5.De ce jazz? In general.
De ce nu? Pentru mine, jazzul nu este ceva ce pot asculta mereu, dar starea de spirit pe care o evoca este ceva ce admir si apreciez foarte mult. Este acea stare de spirit subtila si abstracta care are ceva atractiv si influent inspirational.

6.Ai fost in Romania de cateva ori deja. Ce te face sa revii si care sunt cele mai frumoase amintiri de aici?
Romania a fost foarte receptiva cu noi de la primul nostrum concert de aici din 2010. De fiecare data sunt nerabdator sa ma reintorc. Oamenii care vin la concerte sunt foarte receptivi si entuziasmati, eu percep o conexiune naturala intre muzica noastra si publicul roman. Promoterii si organizatorii sunt oameni profesionisti si in ciuda drumurilor proaste, eu intotdeauna ma simt bine si adun amintiri placute din tara voastra.

Multumesc mult si ne vedem cu jumatate din “echipa” voastra curand!

Hello there Max & Mirza, my name is Andy and I speak on behalf of the online radio station called eclecticFM!
Congrats for the awesome new record “Swim Team”! Most of my questions are regarding this new record that I find very very good and fascinating.

Answers by Mirza Ramic of Arms and Sleepers.

1. If I describe your new record as macro, what would you have to say?
I’ve never heard of music being referred to as micro or macro, so that’s an interesting thought. I would say that I’m very happy to hear this – I think our new album, more than some of our past records, is a cohesive whole and we worked hard to make sure that all the songs made sense together. If I was to use the micro/macro distinction, I would refer to ‘Black Paris 86’ or ‘The Organ Hearts’ as more micro records, broken down into different sections with its own moods and sounds. These albums were not necessarily meant to be listened to from beginning to end in one sitting, while ‘Swim Team’ very much feels like an album that works well as a whole.

2. What were you documenting with its narrative? Because I find it quite like a documentation.
Well, I think every album and piece of art in general is a documentation – it comes from a person who expresses/documents his or her thoughts and feelings through an art form that feels most natural to him/her. For us, every album is a reflection of our current state of mind. In the last couple of years, we’ve been looking back into our individual and collective pasts while at the same time thinking actively about the future. So there was this weird mixture of past, present, and future pondering, and ‘Swim Team’ is a documentation of the feelings that emerged from this.

3. Talk to me about the textures we’re hearing. Any special field recordings?
A lot of the sound textures on ‘Swim Team’ came from older recordings that we had. Some of the samples were actually taken from our own previously released songs, but manipulated so much that they are quite unrecognizable. In general, we tend to reuse as much of our own songs, recordings, and bits of music as we can because there is always so much potential to do very different things with just one sound. So most of the things you hear on ‘Swim Team’ are in a way “recycled” sounds from our own music library that we’ve been building over the last 8 years.

4. What is your first memory of a swimming pool? Were you part of a Swim Team?
I was never part of a swim team. One of my first memories of a swimming pool was back in Bosnia & Herzegovina where I was born and where I lived until the age of 9. My parents took me to a mountain outside of Sarajevo called Igman where we stayed at a resort that had an indoor swimming pool. I ended up spending a lot of time there, not so much interested in swimming but rather fascinated by the contrast between the half naked people in the water on one side of the glass and piles of snow and ice on the other side of the glass. I still very much remember that swimming pool and its atmosphere, particularly as it was one of the last positive memories from my childhood.

5. Why jazz? In general.
Why not? For me, jazz is not something that I can always listen to, but the mood that it evokes is something I regard and appreciate very highly. It’s that particular mood and subtle abstractness that is so appealing and influential.

6. You’ve been to Romania quite a few times. What makes you come back and what are your fondest memories?
Romania has been amazing to us ever since our first show there in 2010, and I always really look forward to coming back. The people at shows are really kind and supportive, and there seems to be a natural connection between our music and Romanian audiences. The concert promoters and organizers are also very professional and, despite the difficult roads, I always have a really nice and memorable time in your country.

Thank you very much for your time and hope to see one half of your “team” soon!