Following months of intense rehearsal and demos sessions, Kristoffer and the Harbour Heads have brought to life their vision of a complete album; not just nine songs. The faith and confidence the band had while carving out the tracks for the record extended to their pursuit of producer James Salter who duly accepted their invitation to travel to Gothenburg/Sweden from LA/USA to help put together the songs in Kungsten studios where the likes of Dungen, Hokan Hellstrm and Joel Alme recorded.
Our first taste from that upcoming album is When You Say Stay. Frontman, Kristoffer Ragnstam says 'When You Say Stay is lyrically inspired by sucky relations and how easy it is to say one thing, but every bone and muscle in the body feels the opposite. Musically, I had this idea of Outkast meeting up with The Zombies for a late night for a session. But when you hear the final version it sounds like 3 guys from the little town Kunglv in Sweden.
I guess no matter how hard we try, we will always end up sound like the Kristoffer And The Harbour Heads.
The video for When You Say Stay is inspired by the immigrants in Dresen, Germany and how Maja (the girl) tries in her imaginary world to get the people to smile. Kris sings When you say stay. You mean GET OUT OF MY WAY. Its a powerful sentence to play with, even if he sings it from a relationship point of view. It also mirrors a lot of our immigration problems. People say we should take care of the refugees. But when they actually arrive at our countrys border, many say: Get Out Of My Way.
Together they put down the entire release in just 4 days onto analogue tape. The nature of recording straight to tape only afforded 16 channels and left little room for error but provided a natural limitation to the expansive sound. The album was mixed in Muscle Shoals/Alabama at the Swampers HQ, with the help of Jimmy Johnson they brought all of the elements of the sound have been brought together perfectly here. The months of demos and rehearsals evidently paid off with the recording sessions sounding like their initial vision, and the mix was completed in 3 days.
Long-term collaborator Mr Brix was brought in to create the visuals for the record, and was handed with a brief of Separations and Zebras. Kris used the stories of separation, divorce and mid-life crisis that his friends had gone through as the lyrical backdrop to the album, and such influenced the direction of the artwork. The use of a Zebra as a logo was as an antithesis to this feeling of separation in herds they are known to group together to camouflage themselves from aggressive predators a message that Kris and the band convey throughout the album.