Lost in Kiev are releasing Nuit Noire on September the 2nd on vinyl via dunk!records. The new album is darker, heavier, and as brilliant as their debut Motions. Today we have the pleasure to invite you to listen to the pre-release stream of Lost in Kiev’s new record.
We also had the chance to ask the band a few questions about Lost in Kiev in general, and Nuit Noire specifically. Stream the entirety of Nuit Noire and check out what band members had to share about the album below.
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LOST IN KIEV INTERVIEWED
There doesn’t seem to be much information available about Lost in Kiev online. Could you introduce yourselves and tell us how the band came to be?
Yoann: Lost In Kiev was founded 8 years ago. I wanted to create a post-rock band which would still have a rock energy. I quickly found a bass player and then two guitarists to start the project. At this time, we did not have samples.
We wrote I’m Stuck right away, and then Under Close Surveillance… But the line-up promptly evolved. One of the guitarists went to the US to study and the other one has started his own band – Mr and Misadventure – with his girlfriend from Kiev.
That is how we got the name of our band. Vincent, our previous guitarist, went to Kiev often to visit his girlfriend. One day, due to a huge snowstorm, he was unable to fly back to Paris for a rehearsal. We began to think that he was lost in Kiev! Thus it became the name of the band.
Maxime and Philippe have replaced the previous guitarists. Maxime brought a metal influence, while Philippe added post-core. Julien joined the band for the sampling. This allowed us to develop the ambient aspect of Lost In Kiev.
Then after Motions, the group got smaller and evolved into its current line-up: Dimitri – guitar, Maxime – guitar and synths, Jean-Christophe – bass and synths, and myself on the drums, samples and all of the visual effects (artwork, VJing).
Motions was a brilliant record, and already there you proved that you don’t shy away from heavy music. It seems though that Nuit Noire is much darker and capable of evoking an unsettling atmosphere. What has caused this shift?
Yoann: The theme of the album led us to create a darker and more oneiric atmosphere. We wanted to have something more tribal on certain tracks like Narcosis and Emersion , where there is a lot of use of the toms, tambourine, deep voices and hypnotic loops.
Additionally, Maxime took over the machines after the departure of our synths guy. I have myself taken over the sampling aspect, while Jean-Christophe took control of the synths on Mirrors and Nuit Noire. By the way, the samples have been created in a collective manner, allowing them to be more rich.
The members in the new line-up are fans of electronic music, which explains the sound evolution towards a more synthetic sound in contrast to the more classic sound of Motions.
All of these aspects have been greatly improved by our producer Antony Josse, who added subtlety in terms of sound texture. He reworked the sound with effects pedals, analog tape delays or an old Akai sampler to create drum loops on Emersion.
Maxime: Yes Antony is a true rocker, but he has a tendency towards sampling, hip hop and trip hop, which we also really like. Typically for certain loops it would have been faster to use a recording software, but the fact of doing it on an old MPC and a sampler with a floppy disk really brings an authentic and fun vibe to the work.
Where did you find inspiration for the new record? You also mentioned that a change in band’s roster brought fresh and creative energy.
Yoann: Yes the new line-up really changed the energy. As I have said, our influences are diverse.
We have also considered Antony Josse as being the 5th member of the group. It really helped us to have a more global overview of our work. Dimitri, our new guitarist, has also added to our sound and our melodies.
Maxime: As we said a little bit before, we each like different things, different musical styles, be it electronic music or more extreme styles. We did not only want to do post-rock, which is why we have tried to enrich our sound with all of these other musical influences.
I couldn’t help but notice the ‘hidden message’ in Narcosis. I managed to write down most of the remaining lyrics, but didn’t find anything else hiding in plain sight like in that case. Without hinting too much to those who yet have to uncover it, what was the idea behind this surprise? Should I be looking for anything else?
Yoann: Nuit Noire is using different ways to talk about losing your bearings. It might be hypnosis, death, dreams… We created two characters who will meet, then be separated, and after will have to face the unknown. In a way, their own Nuit Noire. Narcosis contains the only lyrics with a hidden message, because the mental status of the character is on the one hand the key to open the main understanding of the whole story, and on the other hand the key that locks the two characters in their own Nuit Noire.
The first two tracks of the album are talking about the current feelings of the characters. Next tracks are flashbacks to understand how everything happened. It also explains why the final sample is a loop linked to the first tracks.
The new release follows a similar pattern, showing in a way a dialogue between a male and a female. In Motions I believe these were supposed to be any and all of us. Is this the case in Nuit Noire as well, or did you write the songs with someone particular in mind?
Yoann: Actually the two characters are fictional, living a story that can be in our current reality. To create the story of Nuit Noire, we have been thinking of a real scenario.
Globally, the text content is not too individualized, so everybody listening to the album can feel their own emotions and stories (Mirrors is a good example).
Following up on similarities between the releases, Lost In Kiev seems to be comfortable with concept albums that appear to be soundtracks for movies. Is this coming naturally, or a deliberate form of expression that you chose for your music?
Yoann: For us, it’s natural, we like to tell stories. I think that it’s a good manner to reach other people. Currently we are already thinking of the next album and we are wondering about the fact that it would be great for the people following us to participate with samples and then become part of the story.
Maxime: Moreover Yoann, who is creating all the graphic aspect of Lost In Kiev, is now working more and more on the videos and visual effects on stage. It’s very important for us because it’s a direct link to getting closer to the cinematographic universe.
What are the plans for you now? I know there are a bunch of shows scheduled in France, but apart from that? Any new material being worked on, or perhaps a bigger tour in works?
Maxime: For now, our aim is clearly to play Nuit Noire live! We hope to do one or more Euro tours by the end of 2016 or in 2017. And why not go outside Europe, if we have a great opportunity?! We are also working on the concept and some tracks for the 3rd album!