The Nordic winter changes people in different ways. During the darkest months of the year we tend to isolate ourselves. We lock the door, takes a deep breath and dream of a warm spring, of a time when we will be living our lives as we should be living them again. Some of us damn our disability to leave this part of the world behind and end up feeling sorry for ourselves. But there is a different side to the involuntary isolation of the dark and cold winter.
– When the bitterness has faded out, a calm emerges. You get time to reflect, process and get things done. There is something positive about being locked up by snow and coldness. It is a kind of involuntary isolation that you love to hate but in the end it does something good and helps you appreciate the rest of the year so much more, says Peder Bergstrand from Stockholm-based I Are Droid, who actually wrote a big part of the album during the winter.
Together with bass player Jens Lagergren and drummer Fredrik Okazaki Bergström Peder have recorded a collection of grand and bittersweet songs that capture the well-known Swedish melancholy. The songs manage to be both sad and uplifting at the same time and will work as good in a sweaty club as in the biggest arenas. The first recordings for the album took place as early as in 2009.
– This album is so much more “finished” than our debut. Sure, it has taken some time, but I think it was necessary. The songs have become so much stronger when given this much time to mature. We have really done the best we could, says Peder Bergstrand.
Another instrumental reason for the amazing outcome is producer Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah). He has a big part in making “The Winter Ward” sound as fantastic as it does. The prestigious producer in Uppsala even managed to loosen up the well-known control freak Peder Bergstrand.
– Daniel is so amazing at what he does and he really gave the album everything he got. I could call him at four in the morning and he would be in the middle of mixing one of the songs. He fully understands where we come from and where we are heading, he knew that we did not want to do an album that sounded like the last one, Peder Bergstrand explains.
Would it not be nice if we could be slightly more grateful towards the Nordic winter? Without it we might never have been given the chance to hear outstanding songs like ”Given is given (part 1)” or ”Constrict/Contract” and the world would definitely be a colder place.
Better light therapy than “The Winter Ward” does not exist this long and cold winter.