Lemaitre’s impassioned new ‘JGM’ EP is as euphoric as it’s cathartic, an immersive escape from (and embrace of) actuality that pays homage to the duo’s shut buddy and unofficial third member with grace, love, vitality, and affection.
To some it might sound a bit unhappy, nevertheless it’s additionally a celebration of life, and an appreciation of life’s ups and downs.
Lemaitre’s impassioned new EP is as euphoric as it’s cathartic, an immersive escape from (and embrace of) actuality made all of the extra highly effective by the world into which it was launched. Named after the late Johannes Greve Muskat, JGM pays homage to the duo’s shut buddy and unofficial third member who handed away final 12 months – and it does so with super grace, love, vitality, and affection.
How higher to honor and cherish a life, than by way of a buoyant and heartfelt celebration?
Although they’re almost a decade into their profession, Lemaitre – the LA-based band of Norwegian artists Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou Lund – really feel like their story is just simply starting. What’s extra, their newest music sounds simply as contemporary as their perspective: JGM, launched Could 22 through the pair’s personal label Substellar Information, marks Lemaitre’s first launch since splitting with main label Capitol Information.
“We’ve at all times been free to make music how we needed underneath our earlier label, however being completely unbiased now means extra freedom to launch music once we need and the way we would like,” the band clarify.
From a inventive perspective, JGM finds Lemaitre tapping into new peaks of sound and depths of which means.
It’s an thrilling new providing and positively a nod to Lemaitre’s creative progress, nevertheless it’s vital to acknowledge that this music comes not from a spot of happiness, however somewhat an area of loss and grief.
“Johannes, or Joe as he’d normally go by, was like a 3rd member of our group and had been with us from the beginning,” the band says. “We shared studios and likewise lived collectively in LA for a couple of years. We’d write collectively and he would do nearly all of our visuals, paintings and music movies. It was an enormous shock when he handed away final 12 months from an unintended overdose of painkillers. However Johannes lives on in his artwork and in our recollections.”
Muskat additionally lives on by way of JGM, whose 4 songs discover his two mates celebrating the particular person he was, whereas they themselves wrestle to simply accept his passing. As Lemaitre themselves clarify, it’s “an EP which has its unhappy moments and touches on problems with life and demise… To some it might sound a bit unhappy, nevertheless it’s additionally a celebration of life, and an appreciation of life’s ups and downs.”
That’s life, proper? And but, a fast take heed to JGM‘s inspiring lead single “Questioning If I’ll Ever Come Down” finds Lemaitre wholeheartedly embracing the moments they’re given. A feverish indie pop anthem stuffed with verve and enthusiasm, the track throws warning to the wind as Lemaitre soundtrack the phrase, “seize the day.”
I’m gonna stay it doesn’t matter what
Questioning if I’ll ever come down
I ain’t even touched the bottom
I ain’t gonna stay eternally
I’m gonna stay it doesn’t matter what
Questioning if I’ll ever come down
Questioning if I’ll ever come down
“The track itself is about life’s ups and downs and realizing that regardless of the lows, the highs makes it value to maintain going,” Lemaitre share.
So begins a fleeting, but immediately memorable thirteen-minute escapade into the depths of life, demise, and all that in-betweenness.
A robust tribute to their late buddy, Lemaitre have ushered within the new decade with a compelling report that may carry us up, up, and away. It’s a humbling new daybreak for the newly-independent duo, however proud as they’re of their previous work, they’re much more excited and refreshed for what’s to come back. “It solely seems like the start, and there’s a lot we nonetheless need to do and music we need to make,” Lemaitre categorical.
We will’t wait to affix them on the journey forward.
Stream: ‘JGM’ EP – Lemaitre
A CONVERSATION WITH LEMAITRE
Atwood Journal: Hey guys! How are you holding up by way of this unusual, scary time?
Lemaitre: Hey! We’re wholesome and high quality, nevertheless it does suck. We don’t know the subsequent time we will play a present or journey anyplace, however we notice it sucks for everyone else too, and lots of people have it worse than us. So not a lot we will complain about. Not less than we’re in a position to proceed making music.
2020 marks a decade since Lemaitre’s very first launch. Listening again to The Pleasant Sound and fascinated with 2019’s Quick Lovers and your new EP, how do you are feeling you’ve grown over the previous ten years?
Lemaitre: Has it actually been 10 years? I discover it laborious to consider. It’s actually laborious to place it in perspective. You’re at all times waiting for the subsequent factor, and all of the sudden one other 12 months has handed and also you’re nonetheless not the place you think about you’d be. However I hope we’ve grown as songwriters and artists; nonetheless, it solely seems like the start and there’s a lot we nonetheless need to do and music we need to make.
What’s your relationship between digital and natural devices? Have you ever at all times made use of each, or has that side of your musicality modified dramatically all through your profession?
Lemaitre: We’ve realized extra devices and have turn into higher musicians which naturally has led to using extra natural devices over time. However we’ve at all times blended each, within the studio and in stay reveals.
Quick Lovers EP has been mentioned as a “breakout” second for you, however in fact you’d been round for therefore lengthy already… I believe again to Chilly Battle Children’ 2015 #1 single ”First,” which additionally arrived 9 years into that band’s profession. Do you really feel like Quick Lovers marked some form of breakout second for you, and if that’s the case to what do you credit score that spark?
Lemaitre: Probably not, we really feel like each launch has kinda slowly taken our profession to the subsequent step. And we’ve at all times seemed in the direction of the subsequent. Feeling like we don’t actually have time to linger on what we did beforehand.
Do any songs off Quick Lovers resonate with you continue to? Which tracks if any proceed to carry particular which means for you?
Lemaitre: Yeah a few of the songs are positively very private – “Large” and “Little Issues,” specifically. “Large” being concerning the lack of somebody you maintain pricey, and “Little Issues” about studying to understand life.
It’s positively value speaking about the truth that you’re not with Astralwerks / Capitol Information, and now unbiased through Substellar Information. What has that change of label meant for you, and the way (if in any respect) has impressed your new music?
Lemaitre: Substellar Information is our personal label that we’ve needed to get off the bottom for a very long time. We’ve at all times been free to make music how we needed underneath our earlier label, however being completely unbiased now means extra freedom to launch music once we need and the way we would like.
You ushered within the new decade with the inspiring “Questioning If I’ll Ever Come Down,” a feverish indie pop anthem lively and enthusiasm. What does this track imply to you, and why did you select it as your lead single and EP opener?
Lemaitre: We felt the track had a pleasant hopeful vibe and would do nicely as a single for an EP with extra heavy subject material. The track itself is about life’s ups and downs and realizing that regardless of the lows, the highs makes it value to maintain going.
“Eyes Extensive Open” retains the vitality excessive with a passionate blaze of hope and chance. I like the concept of a feel-good dance quantity – particularly proper now, when everybody’s largely confined to their houses. What impressed this observe?
Lemaitre: We wrote the primary a part of the observe once we have been in Stockholm final summer time to play Lollapalooza there. We have been having a reasonably good time, climate was excellent and we drank some good apple cider. I assume that’s a superb inspiration for something.
The harmonies in “Joe” are very particular and transferring, to not point out the chorus, “No one ever actually goes away.” Are you able to discuss somewhat extra about this track and its namesake, Johannes Greve Muskat? I’d love to listen to extra about who he was to you, and what he meant to Lemaitre the band. He appears like a particular particular person.
Lemaitre: Johannes or Joe as he’d normally go by was like a 3rd member of our group and had been with us from the beginning. We shared studios and likewise lived collectively in LA for a couple of years. We’d write collectively and he would do nearly all of our visuals, paintings and music movies. It was an enormous shock when he handed away final 12 months from an unintended overdose of painkillers. However Johannes lives on in his artwork and in our recollections.
You shut on one other excessive notice with “Cease Me Quick.” Why finish with this track?
Lemaitre: It felt like a enjoyable observe and a reminder to maintain going and having enjoyable whereas it lasts. A becoming ending to an EP which has its unhappy moments and touches on problems with life and demise.
It appears to me like one of many threads connecting all of those tracks, and this whole EP, is deeper fascinated with life, demise, existence, and discovering objective to our days. Do you are feeling such as you’ve been extra impressed to dive into these “deeper” topics currently, and do you see these conversation-inspiring topics as charting a brand new course for Lemaitre’s music?
Lemaitre: I believe we’ve positively been extra impressed by these ideas as they’ve been extra prevalent the final 12 months, after we misplaced Johannes. It’s additionally simply one thing that I assume turns into extra pure to consider as you get extra expertise with age and also you turn into keen to write down extra private music. I wouldn’t say it’s a brand new course, only a results of having a broader spectrum of experiences to take inspiration from.
Lastly, what’s one factor you hope your listeners take away from this new EP?
Lemaitre: We hope completely different individuals can take away completely different feelings from it. To some it might sound a bit unhappy, nevertheless it’s additionally a celebration of life, and an appreciation of life’s ups and downs.
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