Lydmor's new album 'CAPACITY' is a musical maze full of alluring mysteries. At the same time, it is part of a process of liberation, which is about opening oneself up and discovering one's capacity.
For her previous album, Lydmor travelled to Shanghai. But on her new album, Lydmor has mostly travelled deep into herself. 'CAPACITY' is a contrasting musical work where fiction and reality merge into a multifaceted sound universe. It is the electronic pop artist's most personal, complex and conceptual album to date.
There is almost a David Lynch'ish cut about 'CAPACITY'. The album is like a winding maze where it is difficult to decipher what is real and what is an illusion. Like a book with countless narratives. Without conclusions. Ambiguous. Full of alluring mysteries, dreams, reflections and messages about gender, identity, love, guilt and liberation. Rich in contrasts: Black/white. Silence/noise. Weakness/ strength. Fiction/reality. Labyrinth/compass.
“I am interested in delving into issues where something interesting is happening psychologically, anthropologically and sociologically, where you can see what is happening and how a fight is escalating. The album is a process of liberation, which is very much about romantic liberation and emotional intelligence in the modern world, where I see a new generation that deals with gender, identity and relationships in a different way than in the past. There was the sexual revolution in the 1960s and 1970s, where it seemed that there was little focus on emotional intelligence. When I look around now, I feel that the way people treat their love life, their identity and their gender is much more interesting and responsible. A revolution has happened, and I think this is really exciting.” explains Lydmor.
Lydmor dives fearlessly into the problems of 'CAPACITY', resulting in a myriad of expressions and stories. The insisting and beat-heavy 'LSD Heart' sharply criticizes the dominance of patriarchy in modern art. 'Someone We Used To Love' frames the fragility we experience when confronted by a former lover, who now exhibits feelings for another, and Lydmor looks inward at the self-reflective and thoughtful 'Guilty (Kill Me)'.
'CAPACITY' also features several enigmatic characters and places that seem to be outside of time and space. Who is the strange man with the labyrinth face in 'The Labyrinth Faced Man'? What role does he play in the narrative? What about the two women Amanda and Emma? Amanda, appearing in 'Amanda's Lullaby' and 'Amanda's Dream', is plagued by a terrible nightmare about a terrorist attack in which evil men kill women. Is it related to her fear of patriarchy and her fascination with Chilean author Roberto Bolaño's cult novel '2666', in which women are also killed by men? And what about Emma appearing in 'Emma Spins'? What kind of quarrel does 'CAPACITY's narrator have with her?
Central to the story of 'CAPACITY' is also the mysterious 'Leopold Hotel', which appears on the song 'Nevada', where Lydmor sings a duet with Faroese artist Eivør. The hotel is isolated in the middle of the Nevada desert. What's going on here? That remains unsaid, but you sense that something fatal has happened. Heavy drinking has taken place, everything seems foggy and two people have had a violent misunderstanding.
But has this misunderstanding been so catastrophic that it has triggered the 'Big Bang' of oppression? A spark from which all sexism, humiliation, all our prejudices and all our shame originated? And why do neon-lit advertisements for this particular hotel appear on the closing song 'Hotel Ads'? Are the commercials, in fact, warning lights? And is 'The Leopold Hotel' perhaps the centre of the labyrinth that everything points back to? The truth lurks just around the corner. Or maybe it's the lie. Maybe it's all a lie. Or maybe everything here is more true than anything you've ever heard before.
These are some of the riddles that the album's 14 songs contain. Lydmor presents no easy or single answer to 'CAPACITY'. At the same time, the album contains a message about daring to open up. "The more that we open, the less space they'll get" rings loud and clear on the opening song 'Amanda's Lullaby'. The more we open up and show who we are, the less room there is for the intolerant, the prejudiced and the reactionary and their narrow-minded view of the world. When you open up you discover your capacity.
“Capacity is what I want and am discovering in myself. Mental capacity, emotional capacity, capacity to understand others, the capacity to change, capacity in society. It has become one of the most important things for me: having capacity. Also when I look at how I react in different situations. Do I respond with capacity or respond with a narrow mindset? If you recognize the amount of space that you have inside you, then you can respond in a much more constructive way in the world. And then there's the song where I sing "If you want capacity, you gotta leave it to the love you breathe". It's about the fact that if you want this, then you also have to give it back. It is a movement that opens up.” says Lydmor.
Lydmor has never before had so much fun and felt so much clarity during a recording process than she has had while working on 'CAPACITY'. Here she has felt completely free to make the music exactly as pop or experimental as she's felt like.
“I have moved farther out towards the outer poles, rather than constantly searching for a unified sound. Instead, this time I've said: "OK, I have something completely acoustic over here, then I need something tremendously hard and electronic over here". I've just put things as far out on the scales as possible - and in this way, tried to create some kind of balance ”. she explains.
On 'CAPACITY', Lydmor has collaborated with several different people. Here too, Lydmor knew exactly who she wanted to work with. Five songs have been produced in collaboration with Christian Vium from Go Go Berlin. Other collaborators on 'CAPACITY' include Norwegian producer Trond Bersu, American producer Joey Verskotzi, Lasse Ziegler, Lasse Lyngbo and the producer duo Pitchifters. The album is mixed in close collaboration with Peter Kjædegaard (Nephew, Spleen United, The Minds of 99).
Behind the artist name "Lydmor" is the Danish singer, songwriter and producer Jenny Rossander. There is an eternal unpredictability connected to Lydmor's work. She is constantly exploring new sides of her artistic endeavour.
In 2020 Lydmor started running a weekly radio program on Danish P6 called Mon Amie Complexe. Along with her co-host and weekly guests she explores creativity and creation.
In 2021 Lydmor is also involved with composing music for theatre plays (Tine at Aalborg Teater and ”Mørkt Forår” (Dark Spring) at Betty Nansen Teater in Copenhagen). Besides that Lydmor is writing and composing the score for the TV-series Fanton Følelser (Phantom Feelings) along with her first move score for the movie Venue Effekten (The Venue Effect).
Lydmor can also be experienced this year at a number of international concert venues.
18.09. Denmark, Aalborg, Studenterhuset
20.10. Denmark, Odense, Posten
27.10. Denmark, Aarhus, Train
04.11. Denmark, Copenhagen, Store Vega
06.11. France, Paris, Le Pop Up Du Label
11.11. Belgium, Brussels, AB
18.11. Germany, Hamburg, Nochtwache
24.11. Hungary, Budapest, Durer Kert
25.11. Sweden, Stockholm, Bar Brooklyn
26.11. Sweden, Malmö, Babel
02.12. Czech Republic, Prague, Café V Lese
04.12. Germany, Cologne. Artheater
06.12. Germany, Berlin, Kantine am Berghain
07.12. Germany, Frankfurt, Nachtleben
08.12. Norway, Oslo, Parkteatret Scene