DISTANT HORIZON: Projecting Feelings

Distant Horizon

Instrumental prog metal act Distant Horizon from Lapua in Finland debuted last June with the release of a 4-track EP titled ‘Laniakea.’ The band spoke for Prog Sphere about their creative chemistry, work on the EP, and more.

Define the mission of Distant Horizon.

We strive to create music which sounds like us and not be so concerned with fitting into a certain genre. Our music contains a lot of progressive elements so that’s the most fitting category to put it. As a Finnish band we also try to get our music out there so that our music could reach more people.  

Tell me about the creative process that informed your debut EP Laniakea.

The compositions for Laniakea were written during a span of three years with one of the compositions being almost five years old. They were originally written as separate ideas and they were pretty much unfinished but when it came the time to create the EP, the songs were finished in a two month period.

Distant Horizon - Laniakea

Although an instrumental release, is there any message you are trying to give with Laniakea

The idea is to give the listener a musical soundscape to which the listener can project whatever feelings or images the listener feels like. Of course I had a specific idea or imagery while composing the pieces and the titles of the songs reflect those ideas but the listener can interpret the music as they like.

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

The music was partly written with guitar with most of the ideas recorded with phone and other parts were composed using Guitar Pro.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

The pieces share some thematic similarities but they were not constructed in such a way that the themes would intentionally sound alike. However the order of the pieces on the record was carefully thought out.

Describe the approach to recording the EP.

We tried to make the EP sound organic. Since we wanted to make it sound more like a live performance, we intentionally didn’t double the guitar tracks for instance. Also the overall sound was thought out as a sort of “old school meets the new school”. Of course there are overdubs but the songs were recorded with the idea in mind so that we could play the songs live with the same arrangements as on the record. For our first full-length album we would like to have a bit more produced approach where the emphasis would be more on sounding fuller on the record.

How long Laniakea was in the making?

I composed the songs during a five year period but the idea for an EP came about somewhere around Christmas of 2016. The songs were quickly finished in the beginning of the year and they were recorded in March 2017.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

There are numerous influences which have inspired us as musicians. For these compositions, I’d say the biggest influences were Frank Zappa, Dream Theater, Planet X, Plini, Nobuo Uematsu and Pekka Pohjola.

What is your view on technology in music?

I think it’s great. It makes creating and recording music easier and it also allows one to experiment with music. As long as it doesn’t become the sole purpose of the music, technology is a good thing.

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

I like to think of music not only as a great art form but also as a way to improve people’s quality of life. We try to focus on creating interesting music and if it moves one in some way it has accomplished its purpose.

What are your plans for the future?

We’re planning on making a full-length album and trying to reach more people with our music. Also, right from the start, we have been thinking internationally rather than locally. And of course, we want to improve ourselves even further as musicians.

Laniakea is out now; order it from Bandcamp. Follow Distant Horizon on Facebook, and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

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