It's the opening track from their upcoming album 'Dark & Beautiful Secrets'.
We're getting closer and closer to the release of Normandie's new album 'Dark & Beautiful Secrets', and the band are treating us to another track that will appear on it.
And there's an incredible visual to accompany it.
'Babylon' opens the album and is the sort of pulsating slice of pop-rock that's designed to get stuck in your head for weeks on end. It's also a song that for vocalist Philip Strand is very important:
"Babylon wasn’t supposed to happen. With the covid restrictions, it landed us more time to dive into the studio again and play around with new ideas. The song came purely from just having fun and playing around using breaths and coughs as instruments."
"I’ve been searching for my identity my entire life. Going from group to group, crowd to crowd, trying to fit in - finally, I realised that my true identity is something I should form myself.” “Are you following or falling out” is a line I wanted to use to express the way many of these groups behave. You’re either in or out. To me, identity is what you get when you mix all the things you identify with, bits and pieces that then become you as whole."
Get stuck into it below:
You'll be able to hear the whole record on February 19 when it is released via Easy Life Records.
It will also feature 'Holy Water':
We chatted to Philip all about the record a couple of months ago, which you can read in full HERE. Here's a little taste for you though:
How did you go about approaching the making of this record after the ‘White Flag’ era?
“So in the middle of the writing of ['18 Album] ‘White Flag’ we got our own studio space. I’ve produced all of the records we have made so far, but ['16 Debut Album] ‘Inguz’ was very much a bedroom production thing when I had one of those years back at my parent’s house and ‘White Flag’ was between two different studios. With this record we had the perfect space and the perfect environment. It was our own space to do whatever we wanted to do. So before ‘White Flag’ was even out we started playing around with different sounds to see what the next thing would be. We’ve done it the same now where we have already started writing the fourth record before ‘Jericho’ was even out. We don’t want to have long breaks before we start writing again because I think the best songs are the ones that come in the latest, so that’s why we should just continue writing.
“So with ‘Dark & Beautiful Secrets’, we felt instantly after ‘White Flag’ that we wanted to do something a bit weirder. ‘White Flag’ as a song and an album was melodic and a bit safe. It’s not as experimental as we want to be. So we just started playing around with different genres. I grew up with Toto and Metallica, which is a weird mix but when you do mix them you find these harmonies and cool instruments. I just wanted to make that work for Normandie, so that’s what the last two years have been. There was then a time when it all clicked and that was when we wrote ‘Holy Water’. That’s where the really dark feeling came into place and we all felt like we were onto something very personal here. That darkness can either be a ‘Fuck Society’ vibe or it can be something very emotional and reflective towards yourself. That’s when we made the conscious effort to write something personal and the rest of the record came together in two or three months afterwards.”
How did it feel when you realised that you had uncovered something completely new within yourself that you felt like you had to write about it?
“I had to live with the decision for about two weeks before we really went forwards with it. As soon as you open that book though, you can’t back down. I didn’t want to have an album that was 50% personal and 50% love and breakup stories. As soon as we said it had to be personal, every single song needed to be just as personal. That’s a big decision to make, especially for a band like us who has never really gone into depth when it comes to our emotions. We’ve written songs about different things that people can feel and relate to, and this was more of a decision of this being something we wanted to go and cross our fingers and hope people can relate to it. It’s a big risk.”
It’s a scary thing to do isn’t it?
“It’s really scary. It was especially scary when we came home from the tours we did with Dream State and The Faim last year, because we had been playing ‘Jericho’ and that’s when we really went in on the vibe we wanted. That’s where ‘Holy Water’ came from and once I wrote it I had to go back and change the lyrics to ‘Jericho’ for it to make sense to me. I changed every ‘you’ to ‘me’ and it became this big song about my upbringing. That’s when it really clicked.”