Condon wrote the new album on the island of Hadsel in northern Norway. He was given access to the local Hadselkirke—an early 19th-century wooden octagonal structure with a church organ. “During my time in Hadsel, I worked hard on the music, lost in a trance and stumbling blindly through my own mental collapse that I had been pushing aside since I was a teenager,” the musician said in a statement. “It came and rang me like a bell. I was left agonising many things past and present while the beauty of the nature, the northern lights and fearsome storms played an awesome show around me.”
He continued: “The few hours of light would expose the unfathomable beauty of the mountains and the fjords, and the hours-long twilights would fill me with subdued excitement. I’d like to believe that scenery is somehow present in the music.”
Hadsel follows the 2019 Beirut album Gallipoli.
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02 Arctic Forest
04 So Many Plans
07 Island Life
09 January 18th
10 Süddeutsches Ton-Bild-Studio
11 The Tern
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