We speak to the Swedish duo ahead of their first full-length, due out in December via Skudge Records.
The pairing of Martin Skogehall and Thomas Jaldemark debuted last year with the Fishermen EP for Skudge Records—they followed that up with the Delirium Tremens 12-inch for Kontra Musik earlier this year. Skogehall also works solo as MRSK and Smell The Flesh (he recently debuted the latter alias as part of Skudge's white label series). On Patterns And Paths, the duo serve up a comprehensive overview of their slow and grubby take on techno. We caught up with the duo via email this week to discuss the record:
Can you tell us a bit about why you've decided to release an album now?Tracklist
We really like albums. We both have been wanting to do an album for quite some time, but it hadn't felt natural with our individual projects before we started Fishermen. I think the initial thoughts about doing an album came after doing the first Skudge EP, and ever since then small bits and pieces have come together to the final result. A good album is like a movie or a journey with different ups and downs, and we both really wanted to do something that reflected that. When we make our tracks we often name the projects after a scene, place or mood that we want to create musically and often it's about things happening at sea. The sea is a mystery… What happens at the bottom of The Bermuda Triangle? We named the album Patterns And Paths because we want to take the listener on a journey to sea—in submarines, on sinking ships and haunted islands in the pacific.
How does the Fishermen project differ to your own individual projects?
Like with all bands or groups, it's the interaction between the members that makes it what it is. We're good at different stuff so I think we're complementing each other production-wise. Since the beginning of Fishermen it has also been about us playing around with sounds and having fun, experimenting more than we maybe do on our own. It's more about breaking the rules and going with what you feel is right, it doesn't matter if its 150 BPM or 105 BPM. That's harder to do with solo stuff, because it's easy to do what you always have done and get stuck.
Where does the name Fishermen come from?
Actually we named the first song/sketch we made “Fishermen,” and we took the name from there. Since that moment we felt the name really fit the sounds we’ve been making. There are so many themes, mysteries and inspirational things that can be explored in and around oceans. Storms, waves bigger than skyscrapers, submarines, naval battles, harbours, ships, all those mysterious depths with weird deep-sea creatures that’s no one ever seen and so on… and of course, we also like to fish!
02. Hope is Gone
04. Get None
06. Lost Teeth
07. The Four Skulls
10. In Solitude
11. Sunken Mosque
Skudge Records will release Patterns And Paths in December 2013.