2018 is already looking like a great year for new music – starting with the forthcoming masterpiece from German post-rockers ‘Long Distance Calling’.
“Boundless” once again finds the band as a 4 piece – Florian Funtmann (guitar) , Jan Hoffman (bass), Janosch Rathmer (drums), and David Jordan ( lead guitar) – and their return to producing a fully instrumental album.
I will admit that it came as a surprise to me following the success of 2016’s “TRIPS”, which sits firmly in my Top 10 albums of all time, and incorporated, for me, a perfect balance of vocal and instrumental tracks.
So, curious to know what prompted the decision to return to instrumentals, I caught up briefly with bassist Jan Hoffmann :-
JH : We just started writing last January without any plan behind it, but realised pretty quickly how easy and fun the writing process was with just the four of us in a room, like in the early days, so we decided to go on like this, and go a bit back to our beginnings as a band.
As much as we like the last two albums, they were pretty complicated to write – but we needed to leave our comfort zone back then.
Now we feel well, and comfortable, to be back to the core of the band and let the chemistry between us do the tricks.
HR : Some people find it difficult to listen to instrumental albums because they rely on lyrics that help to tell a story – what were you imagining for the listener, when you were creating the songs?
JH : When we write songs (especially instrumental songs), we always want to create a soundtrack to a feeling and this topic was very important for the new album.
It should be the soundtrack to the life and to a journey into the unknown, that´s why the album is called “Boundless”.
HR : They are soundtracks to feelings. I was drawn in from the first listen, and I think you capture emotion in a number of ways – which is almost impossible to try to explain to anyone who hasn’t yet heard the album! So, we should let listeners know what to expect ...
In three words Jan, can you describe the album?
JH : Wow, that´s difficult haha but ok:
DARK, INTENSE, BEAUTIFUL
And I agree entirely!
I feel that the band have every right to be proud of what they have created with “Boundless” – it really is nothing short of phenomenal.
It’s very thoughtfully composed and a compelling listen, from start to finish.
If you’re particularly into soundscapes and soundtracks, then you MUST check it out – equally, if you’re a fan of prog, hard edged melodic rock, with maybe some electro thrown in, or if you just simply love the sound of soaring guitars, then I’m sure you will hugely appreciate this record too.
Judge for yourself on February 2nd 2018, when “Boundless” is released through InsideOut music.
More info at www.longdistancecalling.de
In the meantime, here’s their official video for “Out There”