. Chill/wave. Synth/pop. Beautiful/ecstasy. Sorry...but with a name like Heart/Dancer, I couldn't help but engage in my own little rhetorical game there. We had the chance to chat with the Swedish electronic-pop duo about their new track "Outro (Entry Code, Dial Tone)." With its tranquil, dulcet synth tones and the psychedelic swirls of the track's vocals, "Outro" is a great intro to this upcoming Swedish act.
Your music has an electronic dream pop feel to it. Who can you cite as a few of your biggest influences?
Heart/Dancer: To name a few, we really enjoy the music of The xx, Niki & The Dove and Grimes, but we listen to soooo much. Generally we get inspired when music or art in general feels honest and right from the artist's heart. But also, we get inspired of all kinds of people that just DARE, dare to live and do what they want to do.
You have an interesting name, Heart/Dancer. And you also posted an Instagram of a tattoo of someone's arm that read, "My heart is a dancer." Whose arm is that? Is there any back-story to how you came up with your name?
That is Joakims arm! Linnéa wishes she had one too, but she's too perfectionistic for having something inked onto her skin. But one day! Anyway, "Heart/Dancer" is actually an abbreviation of "My heart is a dancer." The phrase means that you embrace your impulses and live life the way you want to. It's about the kind of daring we talked about in the previous answer.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like a few of your lyrics are concerned with hopes, dreams, aspirations, and what may come in the way of them. How do you go about formulating lyrics in the songwriting process?
Well analysed! The Heart/Dancer songs really needs to be deeply rooted in feelings we want to express. Right now we are in a place of our lives where we put a lot of thought and emotions into figuring out what our goals are and how to reach them. You could say that the lyrical themes are byproducts of our lives.
When composing new music, do you write lyrics beforehand, to be building blocks for songs, or do you create the music first, filling in the blanks afterwards?
Our songwriting process is kind of a mess really. It feels like we're just throwing ourselves into a big emotional cloud and out comes a song, haha. The feeling always comes first as the foundation of the song. It varies from song to song what comes next. But composing, lyric writing and producing usually happens at the same time.