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Womb

Womb started out as the solo project of Wellington musician Charlotte Forrester, but has evolved into a collaborative project with bandmembers Haz Forrester and Georgette Brown. A few weeks ago Womb released “Feeling Like Helium” — the first single from their upcoming album Like Splitting the Head from the Body. It’s a steady guitar-centric piece, part slow-core, part art-rock, with a sombre string section creeping in, and chopped up vocal samples littered hazily throughout.

Recording for the new album began in February and will be released early next year. Charlotte explains: “We recorded the base of the new album at the Wine Cellar, that was all live, which we thought we had to do because we needed to get that live feeling in there. So that was the drums and Haz and my guitars. Then we came back to Wellington and did vocals, strings, and synths at home. The live recording was important but coming back and doing home recording was also really important to us because that’s been the way we’ve done it in the past with recordings like the first EP.”

Charlotte talked about how they translate the songs to the live three-piece band, saying “all the recordings will be really different from how they are played live, that’s quite important to us. I don’t care if it doesn’t sound the same live, and it just can’t because there are so many more instruments that we’ve done in the recordings, we’d have to have a really full band to be able to do that. I like that an album and a live recording are really different experiences, and I like that they can be different as well.”

Bringing the other band members into the recording process has influenced the kind of instrumentation that’s going on in the new songs as well. “I did the strings, it’s a mix of cello and violin. Haz did all the synths you’ll hear on the album. In “Feeling like Helium” he also did all the chopped up vocals. He does some DJing and he has his own project, so that’s quite his own style, which was put in there which is really cool.”

In terms of what to expect from the new album sound-wise: “There will be lots of different influences going in there. It will be quite different from the first EP. That EP was when I was still a solo project and I was coming out of more sort of folk inspiration. So this is definitely a departure from that and it will probably be quite a lot heavier. Having the full band will totally change the vibe of it. We’ve just got the mixes back, it’s almost got an ’80s vibe to it which is pretty fun.”

“The guitar influences that I will always return to are like Seth Frightening from NZ, also i.e. crazy, she just put her album out this year and that was pretty influential. I like to listen to a really wide range of music and that often channels in, drawing from genres that I wouldn’t necessarily want to make that style of music. People like Frank Ocean are really inspiring.”

Check out Womb at w–o–m–b.bandcamp.com to hear the latest single and look out for a national tour around the album release. Also head over to mimicryjournal.bandcamp.com to hear another track released last week as part of the Mimicry Volume 3 Mixtape.

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