One Flew West - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview One Flew West. We discussed the writing and recording process for upcoming album, ‘The Blur’, how the album incorporates all of their “different emotions during these dynamic times” while also staying true to their original style, why they want fans to create their own meanings behind their songs, one of their favorite musical and lyrical parts of the album, the song they are most excited for fans to hear, the vinyl pressing, and more. Check it out below. 

First, thanks for the interview. 

Thank you! We're excited to chat with you. 

Your album ‘The Blur’ comes out in March. What can you tell me about the writing and recording process for the album? 

The Blur is our debut album, it's really the first time we've put together a body of work that is this complete and cohesive. Due to COVID, we had a bit of a setback on the timeline and it really gave us time to reflect on how we want to approach this album and what it meant to us. We spent a lot of time in the studio and had a ton of fun making these songs. 

Thematically, this album and the songs are really interesting. Can you tell us more about your headspace when you were writing this album? 

The songs on this album were written during a very stressful and confusing time for us. While we may not have directly been trying to write about all of that- it inevitably showed up in our music. I think people will be able to take the songs we made and think about them in their own way. This shared experience created the perfect environment for us to write an album that incorporates all of our different emotions during these dynamic times- while also staying true to our original style. 

What do you think was one of the most important things that you wanted to convey both lyrically and musically with the new album?  

With our music, we always strive to create canvases that individual listeners can derive their own meaning from. So we're excited for our fans to get the chance to create their own meaning with these songs. From our standpoint, we wanted to write a raw, no bullshit album where we spoke our mind about the things experienced and how we felt about them. Musically, we explored themes both within our standard wheelhouse and ones that were a bit more experimental, too. We think fans will hear the classic One Flew West they know and love, but also get a new side to our music that we haven't presented before. 

Do you have a favorite lyrical or musical moment from the album? 

We agree as a band that the chorus of Deep End is one of our favorite moments on the album both lyrically and musically. It captures many elements that we are most proud of on this release. 

Is there a song from the album that you’re most excited for people to hear and why? 

Not For Me is a song that is a bit of a departure for us on this album. We slowed things down a little bit on this track but we are very excited about the message this song conveys and we all feel very strongly that this will be a favorite on the album. 

You’re releasing a vinyl pressing for the album. How important was it for you to have the album on vinyl? How closely did you work with the label on packaging and variant details? 

Having this album available on vinyl was an amazing moment for us as musicians. Being able to hold your work as a physical object and see it as a final product is a really cool feeling. We went back and forth several times with our label to nail down a package that we felt complimented the ideas and themes presented in the album. 

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add? 

Thank you for the interview! Overall, we want our fans to take The Blur and make it their own. We are excited to see it transition from our album in the planning phase, to being released and becoming the fans album. 

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