Babel – ‘Marriage’

Track By Track: Babel break down their new album, Marriage

Babel Marriage
Album cover for Marriage by Babel courtesy of the artist

Comprised of award-winning musicians Karin Mäkiranta and Mikko Pykäri, Babel, the Finnish dream-pop duo, unveil their highly anticipated sophomore album, Marriage. Building upon the success of their debut from March of 2022, Yoga Horror, Babel masterfully merge their musical talents in their latest project, presenting a collection of eleven mesmerizing tracks that define their essence through their dreamy soundscapes. Join us as Karin and Mikko share their unique insights, offering a glimpse into the captivating narrative behind each song on Marriage.

1. ‘Yin’

Mikko: This is more than the sum of its parts, in a way it’s the most basic song ever written, but still when it all comes together there’s something I can’t quite explain.

Karin: I just want to listen to this song in a car. Repeating infinitely in a dark highway.

2. ‘Closer’

M: We wanted to make a classic one-hit wonder type of a song that you could dance to on a tropical island.

K: It’s a mixture of bossa nova, accordion music, and Ariana Grande. We also invented some dance moves to the song shown on the music video, directed by Reetta Saarikoski.

3. ‘Crush’

K: I was embarrassed writing this song but still I loved it. I imagine riding a bike in Santa Monica beach, drinking some nice lemonade.

M: For me, it’s like a lost collab between Jennifer Paige and Meredith Brooks.

4. ‘Ceremony’

K: In the beginning and the end you can hear waves from the ocean. The sound comes from a synth toy made for kids.

M: When I hear this I see a bored wedding band accompanying a song sung by the bride’s cousin.

5. ‘Mirrors’

K: When we were in the studio recording this with Mikko and the amazing sound engineer Väinö Karjalainen I felt like a rockstar singing this. I can still catch the feeling when I hear this song. It might be my favourite.

6. ‘Dream’

K: We just knew how to make this song, it composed itself.

7. ‘Cinema’

K: With this song, I always see a bridesmaid running errands, a million things to do and so little time.

8. ‘Bride’s Tip’

M: We wanted to keep this as simple and minimalistic as possible.

K: There’s a jumpy flute solo in the outro.

9. ‘Lost In It’

M: I see a vampire playing a dusty harpsichord in a wooden church somewhere in East Europe.

K: This song had a million different lead vocal ideas, but we found the best one.

10. ‘Sanctuary’

K: This song is so funny. I feel like I’m still studying music when I hear this song. I like the jammy vibe.

10. ‘Spin’

K: The “midi orchestra” in the instrumental part always breaks my heart.

M: We are huge fans of the Blonde Redhead and wanted to make something they could have written.

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