Taking cues from filmic, dystopian retromania and a distorted yet romantic aestheticof fading glamour, Grandamme's debut album 'Holy Mountain' is set for release on30th September. Effortlessly interconnected, the duo is formed of Claudia Kane's timeless songwriting and soulfully affecting voice, wholly complimented by Bastien Keb’s dream-like production of dolorous orchestrated instrumentation warmlyrubbing up against 80s sci-fi synthesisers and lo-fi beats. Their combined vision of haunting dream-pop blends vintage and future aspects likea classic black & white movie being experienced anew in a virtual reality world.Reoccurring themes of escapism, love, sensuality, vulnerability, melancholy andintrospection permeate the lyrics.
Movie references commonly intertwine with song themes: Thelma and Louise in 'BigEscape' ("It’s about finding that one person who completely understands you"), PalmSprings in 'Poolside', while the lyrics of ‘Holy Mountain’ take inspiration from theavant-garde 70's movie of the same title as well as theories by psychotherapistEsther Perel. Claudia explains, “I like to write music with a strong visual scene ormoment playing out in my head like something from a film”. Soundtracking Claudia's lyrical musings on life both real and fantastical, Bastien Kebbrings production inspired by luminaries as far reaching as David Axlerod, KateBush, Roy Orbison, Madlib and The Delfonics.
In his music you can hear snippets of wistful do-wop ballads, eerie psychedelic folk and Western soundtracks; all whileplaying guitar, trumpet, bass, drums, piano, flute and more. On his formative musicalinfluences Keb says "I generally got lost in movies and music as a teenager, which iswhere all my influences come from". When asked how he wants people to feel whenlistening to Grandamme, Keb replies “Ideally, I want them to cry. Whilst dancing.”A self-soothing recall of intensely personal thoughts, dreams and stories; 'HolyMountain' is the sound of two creative souls finding inspiration and support in ashared cinematic fantasy world.