Swedish production duo Minilogue have been carving a name for themselves across imprints such as Traum and Wagon Repair, but really made a global impact with their more-than-impressive 2008 album Animals, on Cocoon. Fast-forward to 2012 and Minilogue are still putting out killer records. With Endlessness just out this week on the new Minilogue-affiliated imprint Make a Beautiful Corpse, we caught up with members Sebastian Mullaert and Marcus Henriksson to find out more behind this wonderful (and extremely long) three-track release. Read on and check out a special chart from the duo here.
How important was Animals for you, and how do you feel the album’s legacy will affect you?
Sebastian Mullaert: All the albums we’ve made have been very special to us; each album is a result of a personal and creative process that we’ve allowed to evolve. Animals was made over several years, and is in some ways a musical diary that shows the creative process taking form. I don’t know if there is anything that’s more important than anything else; if something is part of your life, the importance of that is indispensable (and possibly completely insignificant at the same time?).
Are there plans for another LP soon?
SM: Like I said in the last question, the album Animals is the manifestation of a creative/musical/personal process that Marcus and I were part of a few years ago. Freedom to me is to let things be as they are, and drop them to let creation evolve. During the last years I’ve truly realized how not free I am when I cling to wonderful forms, forms that often come to life in the creative flow—freedom. I think this is the reason why it has taken a few years before the new album was ready; we had to slowly let go of Animals and all other forms and manifestations that were created from it—both physical and mental (is there a difference?). When you give so much attention to something, as we did with Animals, lots and lots of creation and manifestations come from it, and therefore there is also much more to let go off. Ironically, it’s also the process of letting go that enables us to experience the creative flow again and again—birth and death.
Back to the question: a new album has been in process for a few years, but it was just a few months ago we felt enough freedom to really let it take form
You recently released on Traum. What was it that attracted you to this label?
SM: We really like to work with Jacqueline and Riley at Traum—that’s enough for us. That’s also one of the reasons why it’s so wonderful to work with Carro and Peder from Make a Beautiful Corpse; they let us be as we are, and I can feel the love coming out from that.
The track name “In a Loving Place” is inspired by a quote from Jim Carrey. How does he inspire you?
Marcus Henriksson: Humor is an important thing for me—to be able to laugh and have fun in life and not take it so seriously. Jim Carrey is an amazing comedian who makes many people around the globe feel joy and happiness, including me. When I’m having a bad day and can’t get out of my so-called problem, it always helps me to laugh. Then I sometimes search for some joyful clips on YouTube, and many times I end up looking at a Jim Carrey clip. And suddenly my so-called problem is gone
Minilogue have a special visual concept with animals. How will it develop in the near future?
MH: The future is a fuzzy thing for me. I try not to go there so often. So when it comes to our visual concept and what it will be in the fuzzy future, I really don’t know.