Exactly one year after the release of their debut single, Oslo based post punk trio DUVEL are back to our pages with their brand new, artsy music video for the track “Sacred Place”, a song off of their recently released debut record “Attempts At Speech“, available now on Fysisk Format. The video reflects the content behind the track, which touches on searching for a sort of security, which the band describes as “a place or a situation where one can feel at home and safe, something you want to fight for”.
In order for this to shine through in the video, the band have joined forces with friend and film-maker Marlene Lyngstad:
We feel she has succeeded in bringing out all the emotions in the song, through her film. The desperation, the confusion and the hunger for acceptance.
Video credits: Directed by Marlene Emilie Lyngstad; Photo by Karoline Sødal; B-foto by Torjus Thesen; Light by Dennis Appelong.
Originating from the basement of the autonomous youth community house Blitz in Oslo, Duvel is a minimalist post-punk band with an energetic, raw sound. ‘Attempts at speech’ is their debut album.
All twelve songs on the album were written and recorded by Zacharias Flaathe, Brage Lindebrekke and Jack Holldorff. All lyrics were written by Jack Holldorff. Their debut composition was ‘Strange’, written in the autumn of 2015. The rest of the songs on the album were written between December of 2016 and November of 2017, which gave Duvel the time they needed to rehearse before recording the album.
The ‘Attempts At Speech’ album was recorded at Blitz lydstudio and engineered/produced by Bjørn Larsen. Recorded within two hectic days in the studio, Duvel sound different to most bands these days, as the album revels in a raw, unpolished sound. In Duvel, Fysisk Format hears ‘a brave band that dares to keep rock raw’.
Both Brage and Jack grew up at Nesodden, Zacharias in Ås. Both rural areas outside of Oslo, this shows in the music; There is enough space to explore all thoughts and feelings without experiencing any external interruptions, which in turn, does indeed apply to the songs, as they resonate the urban loneliness so many of us easily can relate to.
Jack Holldorff opens up about the lyrics on the album:
-I would think the reason why some people are afraid of the dark, is that when the lights are out, you lose control. You have no clue about what is happening around you, so your brain tells you that you have to be prepared for anything to happen. Anything, and everything, is possible. Being around other people is a bit like that. You’ll never know what someone else thinks. What are their urges? What do they feel about the people they surround themselves with? You can’t possibly tell. Instead, you just have to accept the fact that anything is possible. Which is a scary thought indeed. There you are; The theme for a lot of the lyrics on the record.
Holldorff shares his thoughts on the title for the album:
-’Attempts at speech’ is no random title. We haven’t been a band for much more than a year, thus this is our first album. In a way, this is the first time we have gotten a chance to really share a piece of ourselves with the rest of the world. Quite like a child’s first attempts at speech.