In today’s HUGO Tracks, we introduce new duo, Lydmor and Bon Homme. Forming this new creative collaboration are Danish artist Jenny Rossander aka Lydmorand her fellow-countryman Tomas Høffding, Bon Homme, from the band WhoMadeWho. The two musicians are about to release their first album “Seven Dreams of Fire” on HFN Records.
Lydmor Bon Homme’s singles “Things We Do for Love” and “Dream of Fire”, from the soon-to-be-released album, immediately caught our attention and we have an exclusive preview of another new track “Wired”, which is available to download on HUGO Tracks.
To find out more about their upcoming album, we caught up with Jenny and Tomas, to speak about their work together, their artistic influences and their view of fashion.
Hi Jenny, Hi Tomas, let’s start with your hometown Copenhagen. Is this actually where you met or is there another story behind your first meeting?
Tomas: We met in Denmark. Jenny was warming up for WhoMadeWho in a city near Copenhagen, and on the two-hour drive back we talked about music. It appeared that we filled each other's musical gaps, and we both discovered a lot of new music on that trip. Some weeks later, she warmed up for us again but this time in the legendary Copenhagen venue called Vega. After the show, I said to her: “Let’s start a band!”
How did you go about making the album?
Tomas: You meet many fellow musicians down the road, but sometimes you can feel a certain extra energy. Jenny and me had that. I had her record a chorus top line for a track of mine. And later, when I was thinking up new tracks, it seemed a lot more fun and easy to write if I had her voice in mind. So, it was super obvious for me to try and suck her in. We originally intended to do a very rowdy disco album, but as you can hear, it ended up a bit more deep, melodic and emotional. However, we still aim at getting the rowdiness going at our live shows.
You are both very successful solo artists. Thomas, you’ve worked as part of a team before, as a member of the popular band WhoMadeWho. Jenny, was this the first time you worked so closely with another musician? How was the experience for you?
Jenny: I have collaborated a lot with different artists on smaller projects. My duo with Tomas is the first time where I feel that the creativity we share is “un-emptiable”. There is such a wealth of inspiration in the things we share and also our differences. It is a new and exciting journey for me.
Your album “Seven Dreams of Fire” will be released this week. What does the title mean to you?
Tomas: Many of our songs ended up containing the word “fire”. For many reasons. And a lot of them ended up being dreams of freedom, dreams of infidelity, dreams of relief and dreams of passion. When we counted the songs, somehow seven of them were different “dreams of fire”. You have to find out for yourselves which is which…
What is the inspiration for your sound, for example on the latest single “Dream of Fire”?
Jenny: “Dream of Fire” is a song about escaping the mundane, and dancing into the dangerous. Tomas and I both share a passionate interest for things that are on the edge. We have had a lot of talks about sanity and what that word means. I think everyone dreams of fire more or less secretly.
Tomas: We both try to capture the newest sounds we hear around us, but still dig into the great treasures of the past. It was fun, for instance, to go all the way with the song “Missed Out on Disco”. It is partly inspired by songs like “Cars and Girls” by Prefab Sprout and partly by the electronic sound of Caribou, Sbtrkt and the like.
Are you planning a tour for your album during the upcoming months?
Thomas: Yes, there will be a tour in February and March and we are really looking forward to it.
As mentioned earlier, you are both from Copenhagen. What are your favourite spots in the city?
Jenny: Favourite bar: a place called Drone, with a noisy smoke-sweat-filled basement that is open until 5 from Thursday to Saturday and where you can actually listen to decent music.
Favourite shop: Gemmeren, a second-hand store that is run by quite young people. I always go there when I feel bored with my wardrobe.
Favourite area: Ydre Nørrebro. A wonderful mess of 24-hour open grocery stores, trashy bars, weird shops and culture.
Of course, we are also a bit interested in your thoughts about fashion. What does fashion mean to you? How important is it in your lifestyle?
Jenny: When I was a teenager, I would always find fashion horribly confusing. I thought that I had to be “in on all the newest trends” and that there were many rules to follow that I could never quite figure out. Later I realised that fashion is just another form of creativity, another game to play. Since then it has been a big part of my life. I love to play with concepts through what I wear, and how I can even change my own mind set by throwing on something different. The inspiration for my outfits does not come from the latest fads, but from the books I read, the talks I have with people and the places I go to. I try to live a life that would be a wonderful movie, and clothes help me to do that.
What music are you listening to at the moment? What are your three current favourites?
Tomas: I am listening to new Tame Impala, Father John Misty’s “I Love You Honeybear”, and the latest from Caribou.
Jenny: Also the new Tame Impala album! Especially the song “Eventually”.
And the album by Highasakite called “Silent Treatment”. Their song “Lover, Where Do You Live?” gets me every time.
Tell us more about you aside from music. When you take a day off from work and just want to relax and have a good time, how would your day look?
Tomas: When I have the time, I love going to my Swedish farmer’s house. I bought it with two friends; it is an old red treehouse in the middle of the forest. There is always something to repair or build, and I love going there, putting on some old ugly clothes, and doing something with saw, wood and nails. I love doing stuff with my hands; music sometimes gets so self-absorbed and airy. This is very concrete, basic and fulfilling for me.
Jenny: Currently I am very much into writing. Mostly poetry or weird descriptions of the world around me. Right now, I am actually on a small three-day holiday in Nice with my sister who is a nuclear physicist and here to do a conference. So I spent yesterday staring at the Côte d’Azur, daydreaming, drinking coffee and writing, sometimes interrupted by long talks with my sister about how the universe works.