In a recent interview with NME Granduciel discussed the idea of growth and acceptance.
He said: “I think there’s an affirmation almost in understanding you’re not perfect. Nobody is. you understand that you may be flawed, but you also understand what is true and important and at the end of the day only certain things really matter.”
Granduciel also talked about how having his first child affected working on new music. “Watching my son twist knobs, plug stuff in, play synths or harmonica – it made me realise that this was something I was passing down,” he said.
“It reminded me that at any level the music should be filled with wonder. I was filled with that myself trying to get to the heart of a song on this record. When you find it, it excites you and you can’t stop thinking about it.”
In a five-star review of the album, NME‘s Rhys Buchanan wrote that “Granduciel has never bought into the mythology that comes with rock stardom” but “this is a triumphant ode to his genre”.
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