There are bands that will occasionally write sad music, and then there are the "sad" bands. I think "sad" is a bit of a reductive description of their music, but bands like The National or the Cure or Joy Division used the most intense and painful emotions to create music with its own transcendent beauty (at least The National and The Cure did; Joy Division reveled in noise). Sad music serves a purpose. It's cathartic. Artists who are willing to bare the most vulnerable sides of their personality reward listeners with narratives in which we can sort out our own traumas/pain. And veteran Canadian folk duo Lost and Profound
have mastered that catharsis.
We had the chance to chat with the band about their first record in a decade, Goodbye Mine
, and the title track off that new album. With its sweeping guitars and vocal intimacy, Lost and Profound have found the balance between the National-esque sadcore and the subdued, intentional understatement of modern folk. It's a gorgeous track, and you should check out the song below as well as our conversation with the band about their new music.
The name of your band intrigues me. Sometimes the most profound/life-changing thoughts that I've had in my life have come when I've felt most emotionally/existentially lost. What does Lost And Profound mean to you as your band name?
Lost And Profound: I think at the end of the day it's a reflection of the characters that populate our songs. There is a lot of loneliness and disconnection in these people, most often in the aftermath of their relationships. But at the same time as being on the razor edge of love's collapse there is an innate beauty in their situations. Certainly melancholic but meaningful. It's great to work with Lisa because she does a great job of bringing these characters to life through her singing, and she relates and is compassionate to their situations.
On "Goodbye Mine," I can't help but hear a fusion of the sad, guitar rock of The National with the emotional folk sensibilities of bands like The Weepies. What were the sorts of bands influencing you as songwriters?
I think lyrically we are always influenced by Dylan, Leonard Cohen, early John Cale, Alex Chilton maybe Elliott Smith. But that being said, as we get further down the road creatively those bedrock influences get mixed up and its hard to tell where things are coming from lyrically. Some of it is just offering up prayers like Spectre or Rover. The title track "Goodbye Mine" was influenced by early 70s solo Beatle, ELO, Badfinger. "Loves Hard Landing" was inspired by the Vince Gallo movie Buffalo 66
and trying to create a Rickie Lee Jones vibe, she writes the most heartbreaking songs. We also were listening to the production of albums we loved from the 70s, The early Bowie stuff, Pink Floyd, The Stones etc. and we really wanted the album to have that sparse, not overly effected sound.
"Goodbye Mine" as a song title can be read in a couple ways. On the one hand, the obvious reading is as a farewell to someone you're involved in a romantic relationship with. On the other, it can be read in a more literal sense as a weapon as a relationship ends. What were you trying to accomplish with the song in that sense?
I wanted the song to reflect a relationship that had ended but where both parties escaped with fond memories of what they had when they were together. A celebration of what had been, in the moment, during the relationship. An appreciation for something rare I guess. Of course there is a journey in the song that feels like an escape but I think our female character can't be contained, shes a force. In the song there is a parallel of her journey to Sherman's March through Georgia, so I guess take no prisoners and burn the place down is her motto. Still our narrator holds on to the beauty and wishes a fond farewell I think!