Singer Charlotte Wessels doesn’t need to “underestimate” the Dutch steel act’s followers by telling them what to suppose.
Throughout their profession, Dutch rockers Delain have espoused a melodic, larger-than-life sound meant to encourage and empower their followers, even when tackling somber material. Their sixth album, Apocalypse & Chill (Feb. 7, Napalm Records), is not any exception — though given the topsy-turvy state of the world, there may be an underlying pressure and shades of darkness that imbue the album with a better weightiness lyrically and musically.
“There’s extra heaviness, however there’s additionally extra softness,” affords composer-keyboardist-producer Martijn Westerholt. “I believe that’s the nice commerce from this album. It’s very numerous and really intense.”
Apocalypse & Chill’s title was impressed by the distinction between the album’s love songs and people on the set that really feel apocalyptic and dystopian. “It’s type of a mirror to the world today: all of the ‘perfection’ on social media married with the world being on fireplace,” says composer-lyricist-singer Charlotte Wessels. “It’s very a lot in regards to the zeitgeist. I believed the wordplay on ‘Netflix and chill’ conveyed [life] right now.”
Even although romantic sentiments and fantasy imagery have permeated a lot of Delain’s work, the symphonic steel quintet — which additionally contains guitarist Timo Somers, bassist Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije and drummer Joey de Boer — has explored many different themes. “Generation Me” from 2012’s We Are the Others tackled social media narcissism, whereas that album’s title monitor was written in regards to the brutal 2007 homicide of British lady Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend. (They had been focused due to their goth apparel.) And the overarching theme on Delain’s final full-length album, 2016’s Moonbathers, was demise itself. (So far, the band’s catalog has earned 28.7 million on-demand streams, in accordance to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, and has appeared on such Billboard charts as Heatseekers Albums, the place each Moonbathers and 2019’s Hunter’s Moon peaked at No. 5.)
Apocalypse & Chill is a bit totally different, however not out of character. While the video for lead single “Burning Bridges” displays the agitated state of the world, it comes throughout as extra socially aware than overtly political.
“We’ve by no means actually tried to try this,” asserts Wessels. “You write in regards to the issues that go on in your head, and also you write about emotion. If you take a look at the world right now, it’s onerous to not write about it. But you don’t need to underestimate your listeners by telling them what to suppose. Usually, if a state of affairs works itself right into a tune, then individuals hear to that. Sometimes that’s sufficient as a result of in the long run, individuals can do the mathematics for themselves and may make their very own choices about ethics and morals and complex subjects of ecology and social points.”
Watch the video for “Burning Bridges” beneath:
Meanwhile, the singer says that monitor “Let’s Dance” is about “a doomsday rave,” and remarks, “I hope we’re not there but. Hopefully, it can make you suppose.” Another like-minded tune is “Legions of the Lost,” which preaches about financial inequality and political deception with out pointing fingers or naming names.
The video for “Burning Bridges” was shot amid the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales by U.K.-based firm Video Ink, which created the 2019 clip for “Masters of Destiny” in Iceland. Delain has been more than happy with its Video Ink collaborations, which even have yielded the latest stay efficiency/lyric video for “One Second” and the brand-new “Ghost House Heart.”
The idea for “Burning Bridges” got here from the lyrical theme, “speaking in regards to the protagonist who’s going from place to place, attempting to escape adverse energies,” says Wessels. “But they hold sticking to him. So at one level, the query is: Are these adverse energies really in your setting, or are you the one who’s inflicting them? Or do you want to resolve a battle with your self?… The guys from Video Ink took it to an entire new degree with our little boy who’s so unlucky to be the protagonist on this story and inflicting mayhem wherever he goes.”
The video for “Ghost House Heart” is uncommon in that it’s the first time because the 2007 single “See Me in Shadow” from its 2006 debut, Lucidity, that Delain has launched a ballad as a single and video. The group shot the brand new clip on wet Friday the 13th in a darkish, chilly and allegedly haunted home within the coronary heart of Liverpool, England. Westerholt liked the vibe of the situation and the day. The video solely options him and Wessels in the home intercut with moody photographs of churning clouds and water.
Wessels says that “Ghost House Heart” developed out of a piano jam session with Westerholt, and it invokes many concepts in her thoughts’s eye — desolation, dystopia, ice, snow and homesickness. “A key lyric for me is, ‘I stay within the shadow of your love,’ so it’s reliving one thing that’s already been and understanding you can’t return,” explains the singer. “It’s a small video, but it surely’s very a lot in regards to the environment and the feelings that the tune conveys.”
One Apocalypse & Chill tune that touches upon a really real-world problem is “Chemical Redemption,” which is Wessels’ mea culpa for her phrases in “Your Body Is a Battleground” from 2016’s The Human Contradiction. She was angered by seeing lots of people who had obtained “the mistaken remedy or overmedication,” she recollects. “The lyrics in that one had been very indignant towards drugs generally and that [pharmaceutical] trade having an excessive amount of energy and [valuing] cash over well being. It was indignant however not nuanced.”
Like some other performer, Wessels is used to being trolled by armchair critics, however this was the primary time individuals commented negatively about her lyrics the place she actually took discover. A variety of followers who relied on numerous kinds of remedy each day had been sad with how she had broached the subject.
“I felt actually, actually unhealthy about it,” concedes Wessels. “I wrote most of them again personally: ‘I’m so sorry. It got here from a spot of anger, and I’m going to be taught from this as a songwriter.’ I believe I made peace with most of them. Ironically, I actually am relying on sure remedy proper now, and I believed it was good to do a follow-up [song]. All the nuance that I didn’t put into that monitor again then is put into this one, so that is the redemption tune from my perspective. There are two sides to each story, and even in a medium the place sure fiction and making issues greater is allowed, it’s nonetheless good to be nuanced when it’s about individuals’s private lives and, on this case, individuals’s our bodies.”