Israeli duo Lola Marsh have efficiently turned heartbreak into their dynamic, groovy and heartfelt album, ‘Sometime Tomorrow Possibly’.
Stream: ‘Sometime Tomorrow Possibly’ – Lola Marsh
What would you say in regards to the following situation:
Quickly after a band will get collectively, its two major songwriters begin relationship…
Maybe you’d say “Properly, it’s dangerous nevertheless it’s been finished earlier than. Sonny and Cher, Fleetwood Mac and The White Stripes to call a couple of, had been all romantically related.” True.
However what when you heard that this couple ultimately broke up, saved the band collectively, and went on to launch an album particularly coping with the sore topics of heartache and the tip of a relationship?
Maybe you’d say (paraphrasing), “Poppycock! How might that work in such an emotionally charged, inventive and expressive situation? No, it received’t work.”
Whereas this could be true for almost all of bands in our musiverse, it isn’t for Israeli born folksie, retro, cinematic indie pop duo, Lola Marsh.
You instructed me you’re
in love with another person
And I simply checked out you
the way in which I at all times do
Your phrases floated
carelessly into area
And landed on the center
I saved for you
Made up of former lovers and present band members Yaeli Cohen and Gil Landau, Lola Marsh have efficiently climbed over what appears to have been an unimaginable hurdle.
Ending their romantic relationship after releasing their first album Bear in mind Roses (2017), Lola Marsh has recovered and have simply launched their second album, Sometime Tomorrow Possibly (launched January 24, 2020 by way of Anova Music). An album which truly delves deeply into Lola Marsh’s ideas and feelings in response to their break up. A tremendous earful of insightful and bravely sincere lyrics set alight by a tapestry of sweepingly cinematic and retrofied pop grooviness might have a beneficiant dose of melancholy included all through its soundscape however that’s not the sensation we take away after pay attention.
Possibly it’s as a result of Lola Marsh have found out the right way to make this all work, however after listening to Sometime Tomorrow Possibly one is left with the form of peaceable, grounded and hopeful pleasure that comes within the hours following a dramatic storm.
It’s the story of survival because of going by the tough instances to get to the opposite facet versus simply going round them, ignoring feelings and hoping it would all simply go away.
On high of weathering this storm, Lola Marsh has put out some superb music which has garnered them worldwide consideration and to not point out a variety of good instances alongside the way in which. Atwood Journal took the chance to spend a while with Lola Marsh, discover out the secrets and techniques to their success and dig deeper into their newest launch, Sometime Tomorrow Possibly.
A CONVERSATION WITH LOLA MARSH
Atwood Journal: I’m so excited to talk to you! I’ve been listening to your music for a very long time and I really like your new album, Sometime Tomorrow Possibly. I used to be questioning, this title jogs my memory a lot of ideas I feel frequently relating to the longer term. What does Sometime Tomorrow Possibly imply to you? How does it pertain to the themes you write about on this album that are usually a retrospective?
Yaeli Cohen: Plenty of instances once we write, I can converse for myself personally, I don’t actually take into consideration or plan what I’m going to jot down. I am going with my emotions and I don’t ask too many questions. I feel a variety of these songs had been written whereas we had been in a sure temper. We caught the temper in a tune. The title of the album is definitely the title of a tune that didn’t make it onto the album. It’s a fantastic tune truly perhaps it would make it onto the subsequent album.
I sit up for listening to it.
Cohen: Thanks! One thing about this title felt epic.
Gil Landau: Like a James Bond film or one thing.
Cohen: But it surely has type of a comic book really feel to it. Like sometime… tomorrow… perhaps?!
Landau: I feel each tune on Sometime Tomorrow Possibly appears like a unique scene from a film. I additionally related to the title. It’s like a questioning in regards to the previous in regards to the future… about my life… I feel there’s a variety of questioning in our songs.
So that you’re connecting what occurred up to now to what might occur sooner or later. That makes a variety of sense. So, if a few of your inspirations are motion pictures, let’s check my abilities. After I first listened to Sometime Tomorrow Possibly’s first launch, “Echoes” it instantly sounded prefer it might’ve been off of the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. I shared it with a pal of mine in Europe who stated precisely the identical factor. After which … once I listened to “Darkest Hour” I instantly thought it appeared like a Moody Blues tune. Am I shut?
Cohen: WOW! So spectacular Ilana! You understand the references. Pulp Fiction, the Moody Blues and western movies had been among the inspirations for this album for certain!
Landau: “Nights in White Satin” was one of many first songs that we each agreed, “that is the perfect tune ever!” It took us a while to grasp one another‘s style in music. So after this, we could possibly be like “Okay let’s do one thing collectively.”
This album tells so many tales about love and relationships. I do know you two was once a pair. And once I hear the lyrics to “Strangers on the Subway” that say, “You had been my lover, you might be my pal, you’re my brother until the tip,” I think about it’s the rhythm of your relationship. How do you progress previous the plain cling ups of working collectively so carefully after breaking apart and transferring on?
Cohen: We began as band members. At first we had been working collectively, then we turned a pair, we broke up and we stayed within the band. And each time folks hear that we’re in a band collectively and that we’re exes they’re shocked. And naturally it’s every day work and we’re nonetheless working day after day on our relationship and attempting to remain pals and attempting to work in good vibes. We had robust instances however I really feel… Gil do you agree with me, it’s like a drugs. A drugs we took to ease the ache. I imply while you write a tune, while you put your feelings in a tune it helps you to connect with these emotions and allow them to come out. And discuss it and collect it inside a tune and it’s a fantastic factor to create. So in fact this tune is about us. You may hear within the lyrics “You had been my lover, now my pal you might be my brother until the tip” and that’s referring to the songs. Our songs are our recollections. And we will probably be related by these songs without end.
“I see you standing within the crowd
I lengthy to look into your eyes and check out
To jot down for you some rhymes
So we might reside without end
And the considered you is making me excessive
I wasn’t able to say goodbye”
Landau: Like Yaeli stated, we began as a band after which we turned a pair after which we broke up. We at all times say the band got here first. Even once we had been a pair we stated that the band got here first. Possibly that’s why it didn’t work out. There have been tough instances after we broke up… It’s not pure to see your ex day-after-day after you break up. We’re very totally different folks. And we write songs collectively. And we’ve good chemistry we simply wanted to determine the right way to be “brothers until the tip”. This tune (“Strangers on the Subway”) and truly all of our songs that discuss relationships, it’s not essentially about us being exes, it’s about being along with somebody to create one thing for nearly 10 years. It’s exhausting.
Cohen: You understand, we had fights lengthy earlier than we had been a pair.
Landau: We battle loads truly. As of late additionally. We attempt to handle it. Most of our fights usually are not about… “We was once collectively!“ it’s extra about “I need the tambourine within the second refrain!”
Cohen: It was at all times on these topics!
Landau: You’re proper. After we had been collectively it was additionally on these topics.
So you might be like household! You’ve succeeded at being like brothers and meaning for the great and for the unhealthy. We hold saying brothers and I feel we should always clarify. In Hebrew the phrase for brother is אחי however the identical phrase additionally means, “my buddy.”
Landau: Really… Wow. I feel that is the perfect evaluation of this tune.
In the identical Paste interview you talked about that you just had been impressed by one another for Sometime Tomorrow Possibly. What precisely does that imply?
Landau: After I stated that within the Paste interview I meant… See I’ve a variety of melodies in my head on a regular basis. So what it means is that I’m truly attempting to create a melody that I feel Yaeli would really like. So I’m attempting to impress her.
Cohen: Sure. Each of us are like that.
Landau: We need to impress one another. And really there’s a variety of instances that I’m singing to myself a melody and pondering it’s shit. However then Yaeli hears it and says “oh wait a second cease saying that. Proceed with this now it’s superb!” It drives me to proceed, to maintain going. And vice versa. That’s what I meant.
Cohen: I feel once we write music we get impressed by so many various issues. And we’re working so shut collectively that generally we full one another. Generally Gil will begin one thing and I’ll end it and the alternative can be true. We’re so synchronized generally and that is inspiring to me. To have this accomplice, who’s so synchronized with me, that we will full one another’s sentences.
Landau: For instance, we did one thing for the Israeli radio. I labored on it for like three days. We had been engaged on it on the pc we each had all of the devices and solely on the third day we had strings and guitars and we each checked out one another and we had been like “OK now it’s our tune.” And it was each of us collectively. Growth, we felt the identical. These are essentially the most highly effective moments.
Now that you just clarify it, it’s one thing I do on a regular basis too. After I’m listening to music I consider the totally different individuals who would possibly prefer it. It’s such as you’re listening to it with their ears to seek out what they could suppose.
Cohen: Precisely. Each lovely tune I hear I need to play it for my good pals.
Story of my life! It’s a really particular connection to seek out particular folks with whom to share your coronary heart songs. Clearly one major theme of this album is connections and relationships. After listening to Sometime Tomorrow Possibly addictively, it’s unimaginable to not discover the connections and relationships between the songs themselves and even with some songs in your first album, Bear in mind Roses (2017). Was this intentional? If that’s the case, take me by this layer of your tune writing course of.
Landau: Uh, no?!
Cohen: I learn about one tune. I name them brother and sister songs: “She’s a Rainbow” (2017) and “Darkest Hour” (2020) are brother and sister.
Fascinating! I wasn’t even desirous about these two songs.
Landau: Are we speaking in regards to the lyrics or the music?
Cohen: It’s each.
Landau: “Darkest Hour” and “She’s a Rainbow” are related?
Cohen: I used to be speaking in regards to the melody. The lyrics are nostalgic in feeling… that’s at all times there.
Landau: Within the first album there have been a variety of relationship subjects.
What I’m referring to is that in “Echoes” you ask, “the place are you tonight?” After which there’s one other tune on Sometime Tomorrow Possibly known as, “The place Are You Tonight?” In “Solely For A Second” you reference a bluebird which is the title of a tune on Bear in mind Roses. Within the tune “Darkest Hour” you say “within the morning”, and “Within the Morning” is the title of an instrumental monitor on Sometime Tomorrow Possibly.
Cohen: All of what you stated, we did it on objective. After I wrote a few bluebird in “Solely For a Second” I assumed in regards to the tune “Bluebird” from Bear in mind Roses.
Landau: However, Yaeli, “Darkest Hour,” “You Are Mine” and “In The Morning” are related?
Cohen: What do you imply?
Landau: I’m asking you, are they related?
Cohen: Yup! Ilana, I actually like that you just observed this.
Hahah! It was so enjoyable for me to attempt to determine this out. I used to be like, “wait a minute, Aha!” Like I had a map of all your work and I used to be utilizing string to attach all of the items like a detective!
Cohen: Hahaha. These songs had been all ours so, some issues we meant to attach and different issues I feel are simply in our minds.
I feel it means the lyrics are woven by your souls. As a result of as you say, you’re the writers and it’s all related one way or the other. In the future you’ll understand what all of it means. Have been you each within the Israeli military?
How has your military coaching ready you for being on tour?
Cohen: Hahahah Hahahaha! I imply, it was for under two years.
Landau: That’s a variety of time Yaeli!
Cohen: For me it was surreal. I can’t imagine I used to be within the military.
Landau: However did it assist you to with the excursions Yaeli?
Cohen: Greater than the military helped, I traveled in India for a yr after I used to be completed with my military time. I feel that gave me my expertise with touring.
Landau: I feel every thing offers you one thing. The military most likely gave us one thing to organize us for the excursions. However truly, I don’t suppose something can put together you for excursions. You don’t know what to anticipate as a result of it appears tremendous straightforward however…
No it doesn’t!
Landau: Let’s say this final tour, once we had been in America we flew to NY then we flew again to LA then we flew again to NY then we flew again to LA. Then to Israel. So mainly for like 4 days we had been on air!
After I was in Israel after highschool I did a program known as Gadna, which is just per week of military coaching. But it surely gave me a style of what it’s like, a little bit bit anyway. I feel that being within the military actually prepares you to have the ability to alter to no matter scenario you’re in.
Landau: You’re proper, you realize!
I hear you guys wish to eat goulash. The place did you eat the perfect goulash?
Cohen: Hahahah to begin with I’m a vegetarian so I didn’t contact the goulash!
Landau: Good for you, good for you.
Cohen: We had a joke that all over the place in Jap Europe had goulash. At each cease, at each fuel station, there was extra goulash. We had a tune on the highway with the band “goulash right here goulash there goulash goulash all over the place!”
Landau: The unhappy factor is is I feel it’s essentially the most nutritious factor you may eat on the highway. In different places you’ve sandwiches with ham and cheese… No less than in Europe you’ve goulash!
The place did the concept for the video for “Solely For A Second” come from?
Cohen: Really we had an incredible director, Indy Hait, and he got here up with the concept. Indy is a gifted genius man. He’s Israeli/Ukrainian. We shot the video in Ukraine in Kiev as a result of all of his crew was there and he does a variety of music movies there. When he heard “Solely For A Second” he heard the beat and it reminded him of ping-pong! When he instructed us the concept, that we’d be ping-pong champion we checked out one another and we had been like OK that’s boring. And he was like no it’s gonna be so cool!
It’s good. You can too have a look at it as a back-and-forth between two folks. And even as a back-and-forth between two components of the identical individuals thoughts. You guys had some nice pictures too! Yaeli, good hip shot motion!
Cohen: It was very very exhausting coaching. We skilled for 5 days with a Ukrainian coach. Our arms harm a lot. On the third day we met one another within the foyer and we couldn’t transfer our arms.
And also you didn’t hand over! So perhaps the military ready you for ping pong coaching too!
Cohen: Ha! Possibly!
So that you’re telling me that the ball within the video was actually being hit by the 2 of you? There was no CGI or something!?
Landau: In fact!
Cohen: What do you suppose?
I imply it’s so completely timed with the rhythm of the tune. That’s why I assumed it was a particular impact. However when you inform me you skilled in Ukraine for 5 days perhaps you simply bought that good a ping pong!
Landau: Let’s follow the second story. We’re superb at ping-pong.
Performed. It positively sounds cooler. And even sooner or later when you resolve you need to take a brand new route in your profession you can add ping-pong champion to your resume. Which brings me to my subsequent query. Do you guys play video games on tour?
Cohen: Really we do. We play a card sport known as TAKI it’s a little bit bit like UNO. We play different video games too the place we dare one another to do unhealthy stuff.
Ooh! What’s the craziest factor that you just’ve finished?
Cohen: We dared our bass participant to eat the meals of his cat!
Oh my god ew!
Cohen: I feel he didn’t do it ultimately.
Oh good. Ew, hahah! Goulash is significantly better I’m certain!
Landau: Oh yeah, Yaeli you had been alleged to enter this swamp that we handed by in France. We had been alleged to guess a quantity between 1 and 100 and if we bought the identical quantity, you had to enter the swamp! So we stated one two three and we each stated 74! So that you had been alleged to go within the swamp!!
Oh no! Did you go within the swamp?
Landau: No no no she didn’t do it ultimately!
Your military coaching ready you for that too! Good I’m glad you didn’t go in you can’ve ended up with the French swamp-a-titus!
Cohen: Really I did do one thing embarrassing. It was actually awkward truly. I misplaced a wager and so they instructed me I needed to open up a WhatsApp group with the top of our label and I our supervisor. They each have the title is Shuki and I needed to name the WhatsApp group The Shukies. It was so embarrassing they’d no concept what I needed from them.
Ha! What’s the music scene like in Israel?
Landau: The music scene is like all around the world. It’s not like within the outdated days when it took music a very long time to make its method the world over. These days you’ve every thing from entice music to different to rap and hip-hop. We’ve every thing.
I’m attempting to recollect the title of the radio station I used to take heed to.
Landau: Galgalatz! I feel in Israel we’ve essentially the most superb musicians. It’s actually a small nation and there’s not a variety of crowd for somebody who solely performs indie rock. With a view to make a residing he has to have the ability to play all types of music, properly.
I used to be desirous about this truly. Culturally it is not uncommon for folks after they do their military service to go touring east for some time. Like Yaeli you had been saying you spent a yr in India. That should affect the music scene loads.
Cohen: For certain, after the military lots of people really feel they want a break from life to go and clear their minds. Then once we come again and begin college it’s a lot later than everybody else on this planet.
Do you’ve plans already set for the longer term? Now that this album is out and also you’re touring with it are you already planning the next step? Subsequent album? Or is it like after the military service and also you want a while to clear your thoughts?
Cohen: I feel we do some little bit of each. We’ve many ideas about what we need to do on the subsequent album. However we try to remain on this album.
That is sensible. Thanks a lot for taking a while to talk with me right this moment. Is there the rest you need to inform me?
Cohen: Yeah I needed to let you know that this interview has been actually actually fascinating for me and actually unique!
Thanks! Properly I feel your music is actually superior and unique and superb so I attempted to make it possible for the questions I requested you had been equally as unique.
Landau: I’ve so as to add one thing. Generally you find out about your music after you hear somebody’s response to it. I feel each of us now have totally different ideas about our personal music after this interview. So thanks a lot! It was enjoyable, thanks for this.
Aw! I actually loved this too. Thanks for spending time with me and revel in the remainder of your tour!
Landau: Thanks and lhitraot* hopefully.
Cohen: Thanks a lot bye!
*Hebrew for “see you quickly”
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