Leprous was plenty busy over the COVID pandemic, as we're about to find out by way of their new record Aphelion.
The record was recorded at Ghost Ward Studios in Sweden, Ocean Sound Recordings in Norway and Cederberg Studios in Norway; was mixed by Adam Noble (Placebo, Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves); and was mastered by Robin Schmidt (The 1975, Placebo, The Gaslight Anthem). Much like its predecessor, Aphelion was given artwork designed by Elena Sigida based on photography by Øystein Aspelund.
"We had no plans to start with a new album, then came Covid. Aphelion is a very different album," said vocalist and keyboardist Einar Solberg. "It's intuitive and spontaneous. We've experimented with many completely different ways of writing music and explored new ways to work. There has been no room for overthinking, exaggerated perfectionism or carefully planned songs. I believe this is one of the strengths of this album. It feels alive, it feels free and it does not come across as too calculated.
"The album was recorded in three different studios, and a few of the songs were actually recorded in all three studios, Ghost Ward Studios, Ocean Sound Recordings and Cederberg Studios.
"The aphelion is the point in the orbit of an object where it is farthest from the sun, and it has a symbolic value which I will leave to your own interpretation."
A single is expected on June 25.