It looks like being stuck at home has some advantages too.
Charles: At the time, we didn’t know that lockdown would last that long, we thought we’d be back on stage a few months later. Interestingly, the unusualness of the situation boosted us to dive in, head first. We were extremely energetic and creative, and I think that this extra time allowed us to write this album in the best possible way, whilst keeping it coherent from start to finish. We took a lot of freedom with this project, we trusted each other, whether it was with the writing or the inspirations we wanted to include.
This record is full of influences we’ve always had but somehow never dared to explore. It has a Californian and eclectic aspect. There’s a lot of R&B, soul, funk, and hip-hop influences too. And all of this has a very important place in our music. We had worked with a rapper on our very first track back in 2012, but we had never returned into that vibe. Now, you can feel it in the breaks, the beat, as well as in the groove.
I think that it’s also linked to the worldwide tour we did: touring across the USA, the UK, Turkey, it really comforted us into the idea that we had to defend our eclecticism. We’re proud of that, and we’re proud about the concept behind the album too: it’s closer to people, closer to our daily life. We talk about things that happen to everybody, we are observers. And I think more people can relate to our music now. This is a true break from what we were doing before.