Track By Tracks: LAMORI - Neo Noir (2020)


1. AN ANGEL BY YOUR SIDE:

We always had one slower song on every album so far, so this is that song on this album. A very tragic event was the starting influence of the lyrics to this song. The lyrics are sort of a letter from a person who has gone away, who is writing it from the other side to a loved one left in our world.

2. THE EVIL INSIDE OF ME:

This is a very personal song. At first glance, it may sound like some run of the mill horror-inspired song about werewolves or some Jekyll & Hyde type of character. But what's really hiding beneath all that is actually a song about depression, addiction and that dark place you can be dragged into. In the lyrics, I wrote that there is no way out of this and that this evil inside of you can never be tamed. As harsh as it may sound, it is true. At least in some way. Because you always have to fight back and learn from your mistakes. When that evil comes back you just punch back with all you got and prepare for the next time. When we fall we rise. Keep climbing that mountain.

3. BORN TO LOSE:

We can all be our own worst enemies. In the end, it’s up to us to choose on what side we want to be on, the losing side or the winning side. Sometimes it’s really hard to tell which one is which though. And when we go on and do stupid things, it all becomes even harder to separate the two. Everything is sort of gray. We humans always seem to be wanting more. We are never really satisfied. As long as we are constantly chasing that unreachable horizon that we think will fulfill all of our desires, then we will be born to lose.

4. FADE OUT OF TIME:

Have you ever felt like you are being stuck in a wheel that just spins on and on? That your whole life is just a set of routines? Then you finally realize that you are in that wheel, and you're trying to break out of it. As I was writing the lyrics for this song I was reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and also another book called The White Tiger. So there is a lot of inspiration from those in there. At its core, this is a song about living your life here and now with a sort of memento mori mentality, as one day we will all fade out of time.

5. THE DEVIL'S MARK:

The Devil's Mark is something that the Devil puts on his devotees. It was usually witches who were said to wear this mark somewhere on their bodies. The Great Witch Hunt in the Swedish kingdom began on our island (then belonging to Sweden) some 250 years ago. There were seven women executed here in the trials of witchcraft. The song it not based particularly on those events, but there is a lot of inspiration from it in the song. Especially regarding the people that were involved in the trials and all the madness surrounding it

6. HEAVEN AIN'T FOR US:

The title may sound like some devil worships praise song. But the comparison of heaven and hell here is merely just a metaphor for standing up against fear and using your head. You see hell has always been used to frighten people because fear is a good tool for control and manipulation. This is why there are numerous writings and descriptions of what a terrible place hell is, but very few about heaven. The same principle is as relevant now as it was then.

7. GOING DOWN:

This song is a bit of a follow up to Heaven Ain't For Us. It works around the same sort of themes. It is one of the more rockier songs on the album.

8. WILD WITHIN:

I think this the closest you will get to the subconscious workings of my mind. This was the last song on the album that I did the lyrics for. I remember I had about a week to finish the song as I had promised the head of our label that the demo would be finished within five days or so. So I was a bit stressed out and my head felt completely empty on ideas. Then I just hit record and started singing something. As I then listened to it, I thought it sounded quite good. So that's really what I went with. I did some small corrections here and there. But I would say that 85 % of the finished lyrics are from that improvisation. What it all means? Probably need to call a shrink and ask them.

9. THE SCIENTIST:

This song, originally by Coldplay, is a song that pretty much started the band. It was something that I had wanted to do way back before there even was LAMORI. I had an idea about rockier version of this song, and that it should include a female vocalist. I'm really happy that we finally got to do this cover. It's quite different from the original and I think that's what a good cover should be. It's not a copy of the original, it's something new and innovative.

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