Apar is the fourth full length studio release from the Spanish alternative dance band Delorean. The record marks a sonic transition for the band, as they move from a decidedly electronic sound to something that feels more traditional, yet maintains their signature digital vibes. We recently spoke to the fellows, who indulged us from the road by lending insight into their recording process, the inspirations for their album, and their personal feelings about the growth of their music.
Where does the name Apar come from?
Apar is a Basque term for foam. We came up with the name when we saw the cover photo by our friend Adria Cañameras. The picture shows the two crosses being thrown into the ocean, and looking at the foam on it we just thought it all made sense. It refers to the inconsistency of things, whereas the two crosses affirm an unconditional commitment. We wanted to highlight that contrast as it really ties the record together lyrically.
Apar is something of a departure from your last record. Of course good bands are always growing and changing, but was there something specific that influenced the feel of your latest release?
We thought that after so many remixes, an EP, and Subiza we had completed something. Like we knew how to do that and we were conscious of things lacking on those records and remixes. We wanted to stop working by clicking on a mouse and editing audio. One of the goals was to try to write ‘songs’, like with a chord progression and a classic structure. I think the result rests somewhere in between those two approaches.
You toured extensively after releasing your last album, Subiza. Are there plans in the works to do something similar for Apar? If so, what can we expect from the live show?
We’re already on tour. We’ll be touring Europe first, then we’ll be in Mexico, the US, and Canada, and we’ll end this autumn tour in Japan. So yeah, we’re planing to tour as much as we did with Subiza. The shows will be pretty much the same as they were. We’re translating the new songs into the live show and adapting the old ones to the new set of songs in order for everything to have sense.
What was the best part about coming home after all that time on the road?
Hanging out as if we had a normal life. Having a routine, having some stability–things you appreciate when you barely spend time at home.
What track from the new record are you guys most stoked to play live?
We like playing “Dominion” live a lot. “Destitute Time” is great and very fun to play, but “Dominion” is the one we feel the most.
Everybody knows that Spain is presently in rough shape, and it’s no secret that some members of the band were experiencing personal hardships during and around the time that Apar was being recorded. Despite that, the album still feels very positive and upbeat. Do you guys think you would have made the same music regardless of what was happening outside of the studio? Or do worldly matters play a big part in your creative process?
No one can make music out of the void. What is surrounding you or what happens to you plays a part in what you do, especially lyrically, but it’s a complex process because the purely musical work is always central. Lyrically, the album is clearly grounded in specific experiences (a break up), but it tries to go beyond the personal by framing those experiences in a wider context.
You’re all native Spaniards, so we can’t help but wonder, why sing in English?
We always had music sung in English as a reference, and musically, English felt more natural. And to this point I can only say that we’ve come too far to change that, at least in the band.
Delorean’s songs have always walked a fine line between between digital and analog sounds, but Apar feels a lot more like a rock record than your previous offerings. How intentional was this transition?
We wanted to give the record a less digital feeling. That’s why there are all those drums and guitars there. I’m not sure if it sounds that ‘rock,’ but it definitely sounds less electronic. As I said before, working based on editing audio is great because you can do so many things, but there’s something that you’re necessarily missing there. I think this album wants to be a studio album in 2013. The computer is central, but it wants to integrate all sorts of instrumentation.
Your music distorts, blends, and simultaneously defines musical genres. Do you guys feel as if there is a specific niche to which your music caters?
I guess it’s more pop than anything else, in the wider sense of that word. It’s definitely not club music, you couldn’t play this in a big room, even if the beat is central.