Sweet melancholia comes to mind when listening to Merseyside-born, London-based Outfit. The group's debut EP 'Another Night’s Dreams Reach Earth Again' comprises of electronic textures and pop melodies and the result is a juxtaposition of dream-like realism that proves more than just easy-listening. The group talk to Dazed about the influences and inspiration behind their ‘Another Night’s Dreams Reach Earth Again’ and the impact of their migration from north to south since their formation in 2011.
The inspiration for it [the album] were the rings under our eyes, the sprawling geography of the capital city, the marriage of ambition and paranoia and a solidarity found in being together making music in our small but accommodating practice space in Clapton
Here, we also premiere an exclusive stream of their new EP, which is set for release on the 14th May, and if that’s enough to arouse anticipation, the group are set to play in-store at Rough Trade East on 25th May.
Dazed Digtial: What were your influences and/or inspiration for your debut EP 'Another Night's Dreams Reach Earth Again'?
Outfit: We were moving cities at the same time and working jobs - we've had no money, we've had little time and less sleep. ANDREA is a record made initially in bedrooms and then transported to a live discipline. The inspiration for it were the rings under our eyes, the sprawling geography of the capital city, the marriage of ambition and paranoia and a solidarity found in being together making music in our small but accommodating practice space in Clapton. We wanted to create a sonic world that sounded like the feeling of emerging from slumber unable to piece back together the fragments that had flown through your head over the past six hours.
DD: Are there any other artists you cite who have influenced you?
Outfit: Popular music does eat itself apparently so maybe we'd have to cite LCD, Arthur Russell, Luke Abbott, Scritti Politti.
DD: Your EP has been said to mark your move from North to South, how much has this relocation impacted on your music?
Outfit: We would not have made the same record if we'd stayed North. That's not to say that it would have been better or worse, it just would have been undoubtedly different. We're glad that we've made a record that represents that, it'd be a shame if we thought we could go anywhere in the world and still make the same music, it's important to absorb a city or acknowledge transition.
DD: What are you listening to in your own time at the moment?
Outfit: Jacques Greene, Soul Clap, African Suite, Mantler, Autre Ne Veut, Richard Twice, Burt Bacarach, Pional, Dauwd, Metronomy, L-Vis 1990, Grizzly Bear, Andy's weird disco songs.
DD: What does the future hold? / What's next?
Outfit: We've got loads of good shows coming up - Rough Trade East, SWAYS warehouse, Field Day, we're gonna play a party back at Croxteth Lodge which is in some ways the most exciting of the lot. We're playing festivals too - Underage, Beacons, End Of The Road and then we're gonna go back underground to record our as yet unnamed debut LP. That's the most exciting part. We've started writing it this week and things are falling into place pretty smooth.