Musicscan: People who got introduced to your band often are impressed by your “different” approach to music. What do you think about statements like these, and what is to say about your approach towards music and being Klone?
Klone: We wanted to do something different that we used to do.. For the new album, we wanted more space, and use less riff guitars but more exploited it. Also we wanted less saturation and play with more clean sound.. "Here Comes The Sun" is more progressive than the others albums and sounds differently. We just try to make music that we want to listen..
Musicscan: Could you perhaps tell us something about the intention and the spirit of Klone when the band once formed. Has the intention / the spirit changed until today? What kind of philosophy is the basis for what you are doing right now?
Yann : We haven't the same needs now than the beginning…things change. We just want to do the music that we have in mind, simply.. I don't think it's a kind of philosophy. We play a rock / metal progressive with our guts and we try to do our best
Musicscan: I would say that with Here Comes The Sun your taste in music has become wider while the songwriting became more focused at the same time. True? How did your view on the songwriting and the style you are playing develop for your new album?
Klone: As I said, with "Here Comes The Sun" we wanted less riff guitars but more exploited it and use less saturation and feel more space.. It's a new color for Klone, even if we ever touched this way to compose before.. It was our intention and we knew that it will sound differently.
Musicscan: Has it been harder coming up with new material this time to create your sixth album? What did you guys do differently for Here Comes The Sun that you hadn't done previously to keep things progressing?
Klone: We work as usual and we know exactly how to proceed. For this album we worked hard to the sound of each instruments.. The drums was recorded by Fabien Guilloteau at "The Nomad Studio", guitars, bass and vocals by ourselves in the "Studio des Résistants" , and the mix and mastering by Francis Caste from "Le stuio St Marthe" in Paris, and all this steps make "Here Comes The Sun".
Musicscan: Where do you guys see the line drawn between progressing on what you do well, and completely offering a new direction or sound? Especially in the context of your band of course…
Klone: I don't know .. It's difficult to answer.. I think people can find some atmospheres that we had before but also a new "spirit". We just don't want to do the same thing that we did before. We like to take "risks" in music because there's nothing to lose.
Musicscan: To me it seems that the new album was built up on by far more positive vibes in the instrumental interludes and atmospheric parts. Would you agree? Was this a conscious decision or would you call this a natural development?
Klone: We've composed the songs from the title. "Here Comes The Sun" was our guide line. So you can feel something positive as a repairing sun, but you can feel it in other way I think.. Sometimes the sun can be your worst enemy… But also a good thematic which can be contrasted.
Musicscan: And the new album seems to be a little more groovy, in a way less speed and technical oriented. Would it be fair to say that you simplified things a little bid to achieve a better flow and better recognizable songs?
Klone: The most important thing is the song, the finality. The technical is just there to support this song.. I think it depends of the core and the subject of the track. But indeed, the beats are less speed, expect one song ( Gone up in Flames ) It's one of the most quick tempo than we used
Musicscan: As far as lyrical themes go: could you give us a little insight into it, please. Is there something like a “guiding line” listeners have to know about to get a better understanding of what you are trying to tell them with Here Comes The Sun?
Klone: The guide line could be the sun, through the title and the cover. The lyrics are in a dreamy and fantasy atmosphere. Also I like theres no temporary guides. I write the lyrics after the music, so the music guides my words.. Music, cover and title give me the thematic, the rhythm, the melody and the intention.. All is intimately tied
Musicscan: Lastly, what hopes do you combine with the release of Here Comes The Sun and with your cooperation with Pelagic?
Klone: We worked together on the vinyl edition of HCTS. We're very proud because it's our first vinyl ! It's a important step for us to work with Pelagic because it's a huge label in the rock/metal scene and we very happy to work with them.