Similarity was recorded last November in Bristol’s J&J Studio with producer Jim Barr of Get the Blessing, who is also a session/live bass player for Portishead. The album will be released on August 1 on NYC based label Ninety and Nine Records.
Asked about the approach in the writing process, Eyot‘s pianist and composer Dejan Ilijic said: “We have been playing together for 6 years now, so it is much easier to get the sound. I had some kind of “instant composing” with the band, when all of the members worked on the arrangements by crafting the ideas until we got the final form. We also had guests on two tunes. Dejana Sekulic played some Viola tracks that we later edited and mixed with electronic strings, there was also Pete Judge on trumpet and Jake McMurchie on sax (the horn section of Get The Blessing on one album track). It was a kind of the studio improvisation, yet with fixed theme notes.”
On how the album title complements the material presented on it, Ilijic states: “The compositions are quite different, but at the same time, we see a connecting line that shows the similarity of sounds and emotions… On the other hand, there is also a deeper meaning to it: we hope this world could hang on to the similarities between all of us, humans, in many ways.“
Speaking about the choice for the album’s leading single, he added: “Some of the songs on the album are really new in terms of sound, others are “typical EYOT”, so to say, and this one is in the middle- it’s the song that’s going to take the whole album into directions that we want to take- always forward, and always keeping the roots.“
Eyot’s third studio album, Similarity, is out on August 1 on Ninety and Nine Records. Listen to How Shall the Dust Storm Start? below.
Dejan Ilijic – piano
Sladjan Milenovic – guitar
Milos Vojvodic – drums
Marko Stojiljkovic – bass