Maxim Meyer-Horn

6 Feb
Music

Lola Marsh: “When We’re Writing, We Have the Best Chemistry”

If you’re a frequent reader, you know that we love Tel Aviv a lot and adore the culture. The popular pop group Lola Marsh has the privilege to call this fantastic city their home and place where they get all their inspiration. We met Yael and Gil in Brussels, where they performed in the beautiful Villa Empain to present their new album ‘Someday Tomorrow’.

Almost three years ago, you released your first album Remember Rose and the second LP is out. How was the album writing proces?

Yael: I think, this time was much easier and smooth. We learned a lot from the first one and we decided that we would stay in-house. Our first album was made with different musicians that helped us, but Gil took over production for the new album. We did it by ourselves and we are really proud of the outcome.

Gil: Even in the writing process, both of us learned from our mistakes. We thought more about stuff.

The second album is always considered as the most difficult album to make because everybody has expectations. Did that have an impact on finding the sound of the album?

Yael: For me, it was kind of exciting to know that we have our audience and that they are waiting for the music we make. Of course, there’s pressure and you have these sounds in your mind, but we have each other. Sometimes, especially in the writing process, we remind each other of the songs, the live shows, the recordings and how it will come together.

Gil: There’s always pressure and a mix of emotions when you’re writing an album. When we made the first album, we had the pressure of knowing that it was our first album that we were releasing and you want people to see who you are. For the second album, there was less pressure because we simply wanted to create something that we love. We wanted to be ourselves and keep it real.

Melodies are the keystone of your music. How do you find a good melody?

Yael: Actually, we can meet and have no direction for hours, but suddenly someone has an idea the other one can pick in. I can’t really say when or where, because we usually write in Gil’s apartement. There are many instruments, so we get our inspiration from the instruments, but it’s difficult to put a finger on when a good melody comes.

Gil: There’s also no good or bad melody. You have to see which melody fits you, because you can have 100 melodies in your mind but there’s maybe just one where both of us say that it’s the one.

You found musical soulmates in one another. Is that an advantage in making songs?

Yael: When we’re writing, we have the best chemistry. We’re doing a lot of things together and have this business we share, but in the writing process, we’re very synced. We both always know if it’s a good idea.

Gil: Yeah, the best synchronization between us is when we’re making music. I think it’s nice to have someone, because you’re not alone and have this person that says: “Hey, keep doing this. It’s good!” but also says the opposite.

Yael: You have to put your ego aside when you’re writing together and come clean.

Your new album sounds more timeless than ever before. Is there a specific song of yours that you hope will be a classic in a hundred years?

Yael: For me, it’s “She’s A Rainbow” from the first album. The inspiration for the song was the timeless song “Nights in White Satin” from The Moody Blues. From the new album, it’s “Four Long Seasons” because it’s a simple song, but also has a feeling that many people can relate to.

Gil: I can’t answer the question … it’s not easy to choose.

Yael: All the songs are like our little kids, so we can’t chose one child because you love them all.

You’re currently one of the biggest and most interesting acts from Israel, which is a country with lots of history and culture. How is it to represent your country in the world?

Gil: I don’t feel like we’re representatives of Israel…

Yael: I don’t know. We actually always say that when we perform, we always try to think of it as “we are people performing for people,”. I’m not thinking that I’m in a certain country, because we perform in front of people. It’s a funny thing when you think about it, because it’s just borders in the end. I don’t know if I’m a representative because I’m just making my music.

Gil: During touring, we don’t really think about this topic or that we’re ambassadors that have to bring across a certain message, but I love Tel Aviv, my country, the food, the people and my city. So when someone asks me how Tel Aviv is, I’ll tell the truth and tell them to come there.

How should we interpret the album title Someday Tomorrow?

Yael: We’re always searching for this epic style and longing for something just like a James Bond title. The title came to us, just like the name Lola Marsh came to us. “Someday Tomorrow” is a song we wrote, but didn’t record for the album. We love the song so much, so maybe we’ll put it on the next record.

Gil: For me, it’s about daydreaming and wondering about questions, noises and people. The album talks a lot about this stuff,  these topics and it’s really us!

Relationships and emotional connection seem to be the theme of the album. What do you want people to memorize after hearing the album?

Gil: You’re not alone. Everyone feels the same and everyone has his love, ex-love, family, friends, loneliness, fears, … Everybody is the same.

Yael: When people hear the album, I kind of want them to see the songs as scenes from a movie. Every song is a different scene that throws you into different kinds of situations.

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