Berlin-based Norwegian-Irish singer/song-writer Tara Nome Doyle has recently unveiled her latest album, titled 'Værmin,' a thirteen-track original collection of her new music. Since the release of her first single, 'Down With You,' back in April 2018, she has gone from strength to strength, with a string of singles, an EP and now two albums secured under her belt. More recently, she co-wrote a song for a Netflix production - an incredible accomplishment!
Her album tells a tragic love story, which is filled with symbolism and nuances, orchestrated with piano, violin and synthesizer and sometimes pulsating beats - with singing that is both intense and varied. 'Værmin' is very beautiful and touching in its nature. Uniquely, all of the songs on her album are named after animals. The album celebrates the beauty of these animals. A deeply moving album, you cannot help but be instantly drawn in to this phenomenal collection of songs.
Here at The Lowdown, we had the opportunity to speak with Tara Nome Doyle about her new album, the writing process for the album and more. Keep reading to check out what she had to say!
Words & Interview: Rachel Dempster.
You have recently released your brand new album. What is it like for you to have a new body of work out there for everyone to listen to?
"It's nerve-wracking, but also super exciting to finally see 'Værmin' out in the world! I've carried all these ideas with me for two and a half years now, so it's going to be difficult to really let go of them. I hope people will be able to connect to my songs and create their own meaning around them!"
Do you have a favourite memory from the album process?
"I think it must have been a couple of weeks into the production process with Simon Goff, when we were listening back to first demos in his studio, and I realised that he understood what I wanted to create and would be able to help me make it much grander than I could have hoped for!"
You also co-wrote a song that has featured on Netflix. What was that like for you?
"So crazy! They wanted a German song, and so I had to take on the challenge of writing in that language for the first time, whilst still trying to make it feel authentic to me. I listened to a lot of music from the 1930's and read poetry by Georg Trakl to get in the right mindset. Working with Isobel Waller-Bridge was an absolute joy. I'm so proud of the song we created together!"
How long did this album take to come together? Did you find that the creative process was very lengthy, or was it simpler compared to your first album?
"All in all, it was definitely a more lengthy process than my first record, but I really enjoyed the slower pace. Being able to step back and listen with fresh ears was very important for this record. I think that experience is something I will take with me into future projects."
Do you have a particular message that you want people to take away from listening to the album?
"I hope that I can inspire some people to question their repulsion towards the darker parts of their psyche. I think we can all benefit from becoming kinder towards ourselves and exploring the full scope of human experience."
Can you sum up this recent body of work in a couple of words?
"'Værmin' is a one-woman musical, an inner dialogue about suppressed emotions and desires and a love story."
Do you have a favourite lyric from the album?
"'There's a method to my madness. I bottle up and sell my sadness. And there's a madness to your methods. You idolise and buy my efforts."
Who would you say you derive musical inspiration from? Do you feel such influences had a bearing on the album?
"I've been inspired by Susanne Sundfør since I started writing songs, so I'm sure that has had an influences on this record as well. Apart from that, I tried to stay quite open and let lots of different sources enrich the record."
Without giving too much away, what does 2022 have in store for you?
"A new band project, touring and hopefully lots of song-writing!"
Finally, do you have a message for all those who have listened to the album and continue to support you?
"It's a very humbling experience to get to make meaningful connections all around the world through my music. I'm grateful for all the support that allows me to spend so much time doing what I love."
'Værmin' is out now.
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