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WATCH: Normandie’s Beautifully Poignant Video For ‘Atmosphere’

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 8 December 2020 at 12.09

Another taste of 'Dark & Beautiful Secret' is here.

Normandie have released a brand new track, with a beautifully shot and stirking video to match. 

The clip finds vocalist Philip Strand sitting in his room with sunlight glowing on his face, but there's a much more poignant reason for him being there as he explains:

"One in five people in Europe say they experience feelings of loneliness, and during the pandemic many more feel anxious and isolated. With Atmosphere, we wanted to highlight the issue of loneliness online and how hard it can be to reach out for real connections.  With the video we tried to focus on the lyrics, and let the visuals reflect on the emotions in the song."

That's a feeling that we can all relate, especially this year, isn't it?

Check it out below:

The track is taken from the band's upcoming third album 'Dark & Beautiful Secrets' which is scheduled for release on Febraury 19 next year. 

It will also feature the previously released singles 'Jericho':

And 'Holy Water':

We recently spoke to Philip all about the songs and this upcoming record. You can read the full interview right HERE, but here's a little snippet:

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.”

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