Newcastle based trio Butterjunk return with another essential asset to their ever-growing discography. This time, in the shape of an EP, ‘Normalised’ is the latest release from this uplifting trio. Armed with 4 tracks destined to make you think, feel and most importantly, enjoy – Normalised escapes the modern world and creates it’s own comforting bubble.
Singer Ben discusses the studio experience, how the EP came together, and influences on their writing process, “We were happy in the studio to really let these songs loose, especially in instrumental parts where our love for noise and gaze really shines through. We love the idea of songs building up, and developing stories through sounds and dynamics; we think these songs encompass everything we are about as a band. Inspiration came from bands like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, for example, they don’t tempo-track during recording, and let songs naturally build – this played a huge roll in our recording style, where some of the songs are really allowed to take off (‘Little Alien’ and ‘In a Motion’) but are also, in contrast, tamed by the likes of ’Woodside’. The range of tempos gives the songs a flow which was perfect for this EP”.
“We wanted to put a stamp on the sound that we have been developing over the last 2 years by bringing out an EP which, we feel, really embodies our songwriting and style. The songs were all written during the same period and explore the seasons thematically. Further inspiration came from personal life experiences, which results in a variety of moods throughout the EP and should evoke different feelings for the listener throughout – in a Spike Lee type of way, but with music rather than film. The reverb-laden and chorus-rich tones we are known for have been expanded and experimented with further; especially regarding synths, which has helped us to build a great dreamy sound interwoven with gritty tones and powerful vocals”.
“Normalised” showcases a shoegaze meets dream-pop side to Butterjunk’s transcending sound. For fans of Superfood, DIIV and JAWS, this outfit are creating innovative music that’s entirely their own.