photography by Erik Pousette
When Morabeza Tobacco, a Lo-fi duo from Stockholm, create new music, they are driven by exploring things in a natural, introversive and fun way, not worrying about how the songs might sound live but just going with this feeling of how they want their songs to come out while being in the studio and enjoying the process of working on them. And you can clearly hear that relaxed and authentic approach on their new album “Shadow Of The Cherry” – out on November 4th – which is full of smooth groove and warm upbeat vibes.
Vanilla tells us: “I think we’re more of a studio band than a live band for now. We don’t have that in mind, how it’s going to sound live. I think we focus on finding the magic in the studio, and finding a way that our voices suit”. Gustav continues: “If we want to make a song a certain way, we make it that way. There’s never a question of ‘how will this perform live?’, or ‘how is this compared to the last album?’. It’s just about songs”.
Nonetheless there were some mentionable new influences for Vanilla and Gustav such as singer Sade as well as watching live clips of Mazzy Star, which enhanced their sound with an early 90s feel, which we absolutely adore and the adding of a fretless bass and a DX7 synth complement their style superbly.
But what is equally important, if not even more, than inspiration or new instruments, is the vibe between the creators, the connection between two people, two minds giving birth to something new.
“What makes us work well together as a band is a well-balanced relationship as friends and musicians, with a lot of love and respect. And also that we’re able to get weird and have fun together”, Vanilla says. Gustav adds: “I know, with 99% certainty, that if I like something Vanilla will like it. And vice versa. Listening to music, and re-creating those kinds of experiences with our own music. That’s how it began”.
Today’s premiere track “Teachers In The Mood” puts us in a floating state, high above pastel pink clouds and we feel at ease, despite the melancholical aspect. A nostalgic tone is mirrored in the multi-layered song and takes takes us on a sonically pleasing journey. “I think it’s more anxious, darker”, says Gustav. “Somewhere in an anxious dream-state, in a lot of the songs. There’s a lot about uncertainties in love”. And that uncertainties is probaly also what makes it so fascinating and addictive.
Enjoy the song below: