THE GHOST OF LEMORA: Music That Doesn’t Date

The Ghost of Lemora

UK alternative rock act The Ghost of Lemora are gearing up to launch their new full-length album entitled ‘Love Can Be Murder,’ out on February 12th. About this new ambitious project, guitarist Paul Swift speaks for Prog Sphere. The band was a part of the January 2021 edition of the Progotronics compilation series.

Define the mission of The Ghost of Lemora.

The mission of Lemora is to take the listener on a journey, to make music that is bold, ambitious and rises above the ocean of mediocrity. We want to make albums that don’t date, that edify and enlighten but above all entertain. We also want to sell as many albums as possible and to record our next record in space.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your upcoming album “Love Can Be Murder” and the themes it captures.

I realised rather early in the writing process that the common themes were manipulation, obsession, jealousy, complacency, loss, danger, agony, ecstasy, all the elements of a tender relationship. All very human as most of us have experienced some of the above. Or have been up to their neck in it.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Love Can Be Murder”?

Not really a message, more of a warning. Love can be murder but it’s worth it. Is it not?

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

We demo stuff up on Logic. Lyrics are on the computer/ phone but often on a fag packet or beer mat. I miss beer mats.

Love Can Be Murder

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Yes we are particularly fastidious, one has to be if one is creating a masterpiece. You have to put the work in if you want to appeal to the discerning listener and get the money out of their wallets. Of course Peter (Prog Pioneer with Cressida) will want to do various takes with several variations of texture, multi harmonies and inversions. Other times he will do a take that’s so mental it’s a “one off”. You need a top notch product these days and no mistake. This album is definitely it.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

When you develop an idea you have to be ruthless, if you have any doubts then sling it. I’m very impatient, I want the sounds in my head instantly but that’s offset by the idea constantly mutating and a desire to take it beyond its limits. We recorded the drums with Andy Ramsey of Stereolab. He’s Stereolab’s drummer so you could say he’s a bit of an expert. Andy is also a great arranger and is forthright in his direction and production. We mixed with Paul Tipler who has worked with Placebo, Julian Cope, Moby and lord knows who else. Like Andy, Tipler will be frank during the process. If something is less than magnificent, he’ll look at you and say “that’s shite”.

How long “Love Can Be Murder” was in the making?

Too bloody long.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

Our influences are all over the place. We have common ground on The Stranglers, Bowie, Muse and Black Sabbath.

What is your view on technology in music?

Technology has increased at lighting speed in recording music. But no matter how much technology you’ve got, you still need a good idea. As for the industry, years ago teenagers would be in their bedrooms listening to 45s they’d spent their pocket money on. Now they’re listening to songs they haven’t paid for on an iphone that’s cost an arm and a leg.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music

The purpose of our music is down to the consumer of it. If they want to dance to it, use it to seduce someone or annoy their neighbours.

What are your plans for the future?

When this dystopian nightmare is over, a European tour.

Love Can Be Murder is available for pre-order here.

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