Our band is a duo consisting of two male musicians and composers. We tend to drink some coffee and have a good conversation about the presentation of the separate instruments on Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells before we go on with our most recent take on pitching sounds. We formed over a discussion on off-white costumes with red wine stains belonging to carefree dudes.
What are your main sources of inspirations, in terms of influences, moods, feelings… ?
Our main source of inspiration must be the chats we have when we drink coffee. It’s like therapy. We can travel in the speed of light between Africa and Australia in our white leather armchairs. It’s not fake. I mean it.
How did you actually come to songwriting… What that something you always feel like doing, even as a youngster ?
I was so immersed in music already as a kid that, as soon as I learned my first few chords, I wanted to make up my own songs. Not that they were good necessarily, but I just had this itch. It’s like building houses or something, putting one block on top of another, and you end up with these amazing structures.
You have a new LP out today, ‘Narcissus’. How does it differ from Rêveries ? Can you tell us of something particular you encountered during songwriting for this album ? Do you feel there are standout tracks, classic pop moments or other songs you feel more particularly proud of ?
When we wrote Reveries, we didn’t conceive it as an album – every song was a world in itself, a finished story. When we approached Narcissus, we knew we had a story to tell which would span the whole album, so we had to approach it more like a soundtrack and let the individual songs take a step back. I think we’re pretty proud of the album as a whole and the fact that we didn’t just do a Reveries 2. Also, it was quite a cool to do something this leftfield or sideways as a cure for the « difficult second album syndrome ». Still there are some nice pop moments in King Of The Night and Unspoken.
Nowadays, lots of artists are betting a lot on collaborating, networking. Is there anyone you guys feel like collaborating with ?
We’d like to collaborate with someone in Jamaica so we can travel there with our girlfriends, eating nice food, swimming in the ocean, drinking rum and recording a new album. That’s what we’d want to do for a coolaboration, sorry collaboration.
What is the ‘Narcissus’ modern ballet ?
It’s a try to reach beyond contemporary pop. We got a bit bored with the current scene and bored by watching another band take the stage. It’s all gone a bit repetitive, hasn’t it? We wanted to do something that felt fresh and yet timeless. Saying that our next album will be a concept album, based on a Greek myth, and having a ballet performance to go with it may seem like heap of bloated pretentiousness, but I think it’s the most punk thing you can do today.
What do you have in store during the next couple of weeks for Pacific! ?
Sorting out our live show, including getting a round projection screen and rehearsing with our drummer.
Thanks to Daniel Hogberg & Björn Synneby
Thanks to Philippe
Interview by Antoine Barbet & Thierry Jaussaud