Angling Feelings is the latest release from longtime Swedish prog-rock act Kaipa, and first without the services of Roine Stolt manning the guitar slot. Founding member and keyboard wizard Hans Lundin spent some time recently with Sea of Tranquility's Murat Batmaz to talk about the latest InsideOut album Angling Feelings, the revamped line-up of the band, and future plans.
Read on for the full interview!
Sea of Tranquility: Hey, congratulations on your new CD. How have the reactions been so
Hans Lundin: Thank you, it seems people really like the new album and they talk about a fresh wind blowing through our musical landscape.
SoT: Angling Feelings is the first album you wrote on your own. What was it like doing the whole thing by yourself? Was it difficult to make up for the creative hole after Roine Stolt's departure?
Hans: This time I've totally followed my inner feelings and in co-operation with the other members I've formed the final result. It has been a real pleasure to work with all the involved musicians and record this album. I haven't missed Roine Stolt's preconceived opinions about how music shall sound for a single second.
SoT: Could you talk a bit about the making of the album? How long did the writing and recording stage take?
Hans: During the summer of 2005 I worked with the Kaipa box and I didn't make any attempt to write new music. When I started to write the songs for this album in October 2005 I was afraid that I was totally out of ideas but the fact is it was like opening a magical box and in less than three months most of the songs for the new album were written. With this album I allowed the music to find its own direction and sometimes flow in very unexpected directions but also to be very simple when I felt it was necessary. I wanted to make progressive music but not in the traditional way. When I listen to the final result I think the best description of the music on this album would be: Progressive-fusion-folk-rock. The recordings were made during 2006 in different pieces when the musicians were available, we were never in a hurry. This is probably the most joyful and relaxed recording session I've ever been involved in and I hope you can hear it in the final result.
SoT: From a musical standpoint, Angling Feelings continues on the path paved by Mindrevolutions and Keyholder. It does, however, tread more heavily on Swedish folk as well. How did that idea come about?
Hans: I really like the feeling in Swedish traditional folk music and it's been a part of my song writing and Kaipa's music since our first album 1975. This feeling is probably more obvious and underlined on our new album because of Fredrik Lindqvist's participation.
SoT: What are the biggest differences between your new CD and the previous ones?
Hans: Writing music for me is like being on a journey where I don't know what's waiting around the corner. This time I found a lot of beauty, pleasure and joy and transformed it into music and mostly I tried to avoid the darker sides.
SoT: Is Fredrik Lindquist going to appear on future Kaipa discs as well?
Hans: It's been successful this time so why not.
SoT: How did you hook up with new guitarist Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry)? Were you not worried of his death metal background?
Hans: We are old friends and worked together recording the album "Hagen: Corridors of time" in the late 90's. I told him after the release of Notes from the Past in 2002 that I wanted him to be in a stand-by mode as the guitar player in Kaipa. I invited him to be a permanent member of Kaipa during the autumn of 2005. It has been very constructive and pleasant to work with Per. Except for being an extremely talented musician (like all the other members of Kaipa), he is also very open-minded and not afraid of trying anything unexpected.
SoT: Has Nilsson contributed to any of the songwriting at all?
Hans: All the songs are written by me, but I think his solos are really great and very melodic, sometimes like a song within the song.
SoT: What progressive rock records have you enjoyed this year?
Hans: I don't care if it's "progressive" or not, I like all types of music. I've listened to some new albums this year but actually I don't think I've heard something new and exciting for a long time, except some single songs here and there. But I definitely enjoyed the remastered old Genesis albums, still great melodies and playing.
SoT: What are Kaipa's plans for the near future? Any shows scheduled yet?
Hans: Kaipa is strictly a recording project and we have never played live with the 2000 version of Kaipa so far.
(Click here to read our reviews of Angling Feelings)