ARTIFICIAL LANGUAGE Talk Debut Album “The Observer”

Artificial Language

California based progressive rock sextet Artificial Language has recently put out their full-length debut ‘The Observer.’ In a new interview for Prog Sphere the band tells us about the creative and recording processes behind the record.

Define the mission of Artificial Language.

To write music we all enjoy playing,  keep pushing forward, and inspire others to do the same.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your debut album The Observer and the themes it captures.

Charlie will generally come to the band with the basic outline and theme of the songs. Then the other members will add their creative touches upon those ideas. Finally, Shay [Lewis, vocals] and Victor [Corral, guitar] will work on vocal melodies and concepts that fit the vibe of the song.

What is the message you are trying to give with The Observer

“The Observer” who doesn’t really understand humanity is a narrator watching over 6 different events that happen throughout the duration of the album and eventually longs for the Human Condition.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Everything is written in Guitar Pro before hand. Charlie [Robbins, guitar] will then make demos that he sends out to the rest of the band.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

We always try our best to make each song a coherent story, while striving to be fun and interesting. Some songs are all based on feel, and some songs are made carefully with a pre-conceived direction.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

Just making sure everyone has a clear head and is very optimistic. Recording an album can be very stressful, so we like to make sure everyone is happy with the direction and they feel comfortable with what’s going on. Basically just trying to have positive vibes all-around.

How long The Observer was in the making?

It was in the making around 3-4 years. Shay joined around 2 years ago so that’s when we started working on the concept and lyrics for the album.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

Steven Wilson, Between the Buried and Me, Dream Theater, and Danny Elfamn are some huge influences on all of us.

What is your view on technology in music?

There’s positives and negatives to how fast everything is changing. It’s obviously frustrating dealing with album sales in an age where you can just download the album for free. However, promotion is a huge up-side to all of this. You can become whoever you want if you put the time and effort into your brand. In a way, it’s very exciting because it gives everyone a chance to dip their toes into the business world and gain an understanding of what it takes to get your product out there if they decide to do it DIY.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

It’s always the goal for most musicians to have an emotional connection with their fans that can create something more than just a song. It’s something you can connect to and get yourself through the day. Even hearing a song you haven’t heard in years can instantly bring you back to a certain tine and make you feel like you’re back to when you first heard it.

What are your plans for the future?

Write more music and eventually start touring. We’re very excited with everything that is going on right now. It’s insane and we just want to keep on going!

The Observer is available now; order it from Bandcamp. Follow Artificial Language on Facebook.

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