Edinburgh-based quartet Redolent prepare to entrance listeners with the release of their latest single Dantercepies, out February 2nd, 2018 via Aspartame.
“Dantercepies is is the name of a massive cable car,” lead singer Robin Herbert explains. “I used to get anxiety as a kid waiting in them, so the song is about that feeling building up into the release of adrenaline from skiing.” The single combines pulsating electronics with Herbert’s conversational vocal style and pounding drum beats to create something truly distinctive. Fans of the likes of early The Prodigy and Aphex Twin will feel at home here.
In this interview feature, I chat with Redolent about challenges, motivations, the latest release and more.
Full Q&A along with links and music below.
Let’s dive a little deeper into You, the artist and your music. What attracted you to this genre(s) or style(s)?
Genre hasn’t ever been that big of a deal for me. I think we were looking to do something a little bit more aggressive, a bit less twee.
Something with more of a groove.
What led you into this journey with music? And further, what drives you to push it out to the public?
I’ve never wanted to do anything else. We’re quite self indulgent and didn’t think we had that drive for a while.
I think recently we realised it’s too good to keep to ourselves and that we want to be a real band.
Who or what influences your creativity? Have your tastes in music changed over time?
I like geniuses and punk spirit. People who write real music for themselves and don’t compromise for anyone. I think
it’s always been like that.
Were you trying to accomplish anything specific on this new project? Creatively or otherwise?
We wanted to do the whole thing 100% ourselves. We did the writing, playing, recording, mixing, mastering, photos and videos.
What was the last song you listened to?
Hangman – Young fathers. Geniuses.
Which do you prefer? Vinyl? CDs? MP3s?
How about this one…. Do you prefer Spotify? Apple Music? Bandcamp? Or something else? Why?
Apple music’s vibe agrees with me.
Other than the digital era overwhelming us with access to an abundance of music, what are one or two of the biggest challenges you face when trying to attract listeners to your music?
Our own apathy and doubt. We don’t have management or a label helping us look like a real band.
Where is the best place to connect with you online? Discover more of your music?
We’re on all the streaming platforms. I like the layout of Soundcloud because I take a photo to go with each song and it lets me
pair them all up the way they should be.