"This album is louder. It has a lot more clarity and fire" - Aurora talks new album A Different Kind Of Human
After announcing her elegant brand of ethereal pop at the end of 2015 with a heartbreaking cover of Oasis' 'Half The World Away' that featured in John Lewis's hugely successful Christmas advert, Aurora Aksnes has set about striking while her iron is hot.
Her debut album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend sold handsomely and she toured the world for over a year. Then, for a follow-up, she has returned with not one, but two new albums.
The first, Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1), emerged in September last year, and now, it's the second part, A Different Kind of Human (Step 2) emerges.
We spoke to Aksnes about making A Different Kind of Human (Step 2) and why she's already eyeing up album number four...
Was this album recorded at the same time as Infections Of A Different Kind, or were they done separately?
"They were done separately. One in France in a large castle, the second in a small room with a purple floor. It's important to divide different albums into different spaces. I could never make two albums in the same room. It would feel like cheating."
How does this album differ from Infections? How did you decide which songs ended up on which of the albums?
"It was quite clear to me what songs should be on what album once we all agreed on splitting the album into two stories. They are both a part of the same emotional progress, but two different parts of it. Different perspective. And energy. Step two is louder and has a lot more clarity and fire."
You recorded in a French chateau, what was that experience like?
"Recording there was a magical experience. I was not human then. And I felt like I was not on planet earth."
What kind of album is this lyrically? Is there a theme to it?
"There are a theme, a wide one. And also there are several themes addressed in every song. They are as individual as they are a part of one story. Its a lot about getting a bigger perspective on things. Realising what you can do with your power, realising what battles out there needs your help."
"Help yourself first, then the world. I am addressing a lot of political matters but in an emotional way. And my emotional matters are spoken about softly in the small gentle breaks within this album of noise and thunder."
Which song on the album took the longest to get right?
"'Daydreamer'. It was done four days after the deadline. Even though I wrote it in two hours on my way to a session in the cab."
And which came together most quickly?
"'A Different Kind Of Human'. Much like 'Infections Of A Different Kind' came together quite magically. Like an idea sent from another place. It was very lovely."
When did you decide that the title should be A Different Kind Of Human? Were any other titles in contention?
"I knew a long long time ago."
What are your plans to take the album out live? When will we see you back in the UK?
"I want to make sure it has the right energy. For us on the stage, and for the people in the crowd. I will be back in the UK later this year!"
Now this epic project is complete, do you have any sense of what you will do next?
"I am already making my fourth. album. I am very hungry for art and creation. And I won’t stop before my days here are over."
Aurora's new album A Different Kind Of Human is out now in hmv stores.