Bells and Robes: House of Mirrors Album Interview
The Atlanta based dynamic duo known as Bells and Robes have just released their first full length album titled House of Mirrors. Drummer, Dean Spaniol, and synth/ keyboardist, Luke Sipka, have created a unique 8 track album that encompasses a seemingly endless variety of tempos, styles, and sounds. The album tells a story with each song adding to the narrative that makes up this incredibly diverse album. We took some time to sit down with the boys of Bells and Robes to hear about their album and what we can expect next from this talented pair.
How has the response from your fans been in the month since your album release?
We explored a lot of the electronic genre spectrum within this project, and the feedback we’ve gotten on that has been really positive. We wrote a narrative for each track on the album and offered it to our email subscribers. Our favorite part was their responses to walking through the written story as they listen to the music.
What is the significance behind the title of the album?
The album is titled House of Mirrors. It tells a story of a character coming down after a massive victory in his life. He was consumed by this battle and afterward is forced to confront many of the inner demons he refused to acknowledge. The album is about him confronting each of these as a series of mirrors. He is forced to look at himself in a way he never had before.
What was your inspiration for the album?
We were really inspired by artists like Flying Lotus, Pink Floyd, and the Gorillaz who use their albums as a way to tell a full narrative. We wanted the album to be a combination of old psychedelic rock and future sounding electronic music.
What was the creative process like in putting this album together?
The full process for putting the album together took around three years. When we initially started it, there were two tracks that really had a theme and worked together well. They formed the basis of the story. We used these as an anchor and then wrote a story around it. Finding tracks that fit the vibe and the narrative was tricky. We had hundreds of ideas and sketches that did not seem to work. After a lot of writing, we were able to come up with 8 tracks that worked well together. It was really a process of writing a lot and then eliminating those ideas that didn’t seem to work.
Is there a message or a story that you are hoping people will take away after they listen to the album?
The album follows the journey of Edvardo. He opens up in the album in an epic battle that results in his victory. He’s been training for this battle his entire life, and after he wins, he is left lost and directionless without any meaning in his life. He is forced to recreate himself and find a new identity after accomplishing what had been his life-long aim. We really hope the album will resonate with anyone that is looking for direction or meaning. We hope people listen to it as a story and come away with new thoughts and ideas.
What was your favorite track to make?
We really enjoyed making House of Mirrors Pt. II. It features our good friend Kaisune on vocals. This collaboration was a long time coming and was an enjoyable process. This collaboration inspired us to make more tracks with Kaisune. Look for an EP with her out later this year.
Were there any tracks that gave you some trouble during the creative process?
The opening track was a bit of a struggle. We weren’t sure initially if we wanted to include it as it very chaotic. This track was difficult to get to sit right. Making something sound intentionally chaotic can be a difficult task. We went through many iterations but were finally able to find a balance between chaos and coherence that worked.
What can we expect next for Bells and Robes?
We’re currently working on a new album. We’ve been in talks with a writer about creating an album that will also include voice actors, a narrative and heavy usage of sound FX. We’re hoping to make it like an auditory television show and have it feature multiple voice actors. We want to experiment with combining our music with the narrative itself, rather than having the music stand on its own. We’re hoping to release it as a podcast and give people a unique experience that combines the drama of a television show with carefully curated music and score.
We’re also releasing a track just about every week this year. We’ve got a lot of music in the works so stay tuned.