Chantal Acda released her first solo album Let Your Hands Be My Guide in 2013, followed by the evenly beautiful
The Sparkle In Our Flaws in 2015. Past collaborators and musical soul mates include a.o. Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick,
Heather Woods Broderick, Valgeir Sigurdsson, Gyda Valtysdottir and Adam Wiltzie.
These are changing times: sad times but times that are also filled with hope. And I felt like this changing world required
a different position from me, another way of relating to it. Working on this album helped me in the process. I was searching
for connections: with myself, with others and with something bigger than all of us. Soon I realised that writing an album
more about In Solitude ...
like I usually work started to feel hypocritical, and that playing shows at venues with great PA systems and
the perfect sound and lights couldnt feel
more different from how I normally write my music. So, I started playing in peoples living rooms. You come in all by
not knowing anybody. And you start talking. About how it feels like were losing each other. About how
Id like to believe that the disconnect and the harshness that we feel in todays world can be overcome thru warmth
and closeness between people and more closeness with yourself. In-between songs people started sharing their stories, with
me and with each other. Many stories were told in these living rooms, stories that all helped shape my album. And I asked
myself the same questions during recordings: how direct are we willing to communicate anymore? Were all showing off
our best life moments on Facebook but how much talking do we still do, really? And what information is still real? And how
do we rediscover directness and genuine connections?
Working with Phill Brown as a producer was a very mindful decision. Apart from his timeless brilliance, Phill still hails
from the era of tape machines and thus first takes. Nowadays most recordings are perfected per every 10 seconds.
Auto-tune, plugins and copy-paste have become the norm. But unless its being done out of a conscious functional choice,
it doesnt feel much different to me than all the fake news that we get bombarded with and it also gets in the way of
the connectedness and direct communication that we all seem to crave. On this album, I wanted to hear my voice the way that
it sounds in my head. Whenever we used effects its because we felt that they had a place there, a story to contribute
to, not as an unconscious automatic next step. I wanted to hear on this record that Im not all soft but that I have
a raw side to me as well. Its a side that I call on and question and that I need to learn to accept. Ive noticed
that by being more accepting of myself, I become less judgmental when it comes to other people. Were only people. And
I would very much like for us to see each other like that again. Just see each other, period. This album is my ode to connection,
contact and consciousness.